Interactions at Gay Pride Festival confirmed "it gets better" but reminds us to better support LGBTQ youth earlier, such as with inclusive school climates.
CHOP's Friend to Friend program has been proven effective for reducing the relational aggression of urban African-American 3rd to 5th grade girls. New research shows that the positive impact of the program extends to the entire classroom, including male students, non-aggressive female students, and even teachers, by channeling the influence of aggressive girls in a positive way and allowing them opportunities to hone their leadership skills.
When it comes to bullying, there are multiple touchpoints at which intervention is possible, including at schools, at home, and through visits to the pediatrician’s office. Here at CHOP, we have instituted a network-wide bullying screen as part of our Electronic Health Record, making asking about bullying a standard part of the care that many of our patients receive.
As a developmental and behavioral pediatrician, I sometimes face questions such as, “My 5-year-old son much more strongly prefers ‘girl’ toys, like dolls and princesses. What does this mean?” I’m sure many other clinicians also face the same types of questions from time to time. How can we help parents to understand whether these symptoms are part of common exploration, or whether it is a sign of something else?
A recently published study has established CHOP’s Friend to Friend as the first and only relational aggression intervention to demonstrate a decrease in relationally-aggressive behaviors among urban minority girls that continued at least a year after the conclusion of the program.
As part of CHOP's Partner for Prevention program, the 20-session classroom-based PRAISE program teaches kids strategies for dealing with bullying and related skills such as problem solving and empathy. Remarkable change in attitudes and behavior was demonstrated in the students' Fall 2014 leadership projects, which took the form of illustrated storybooks.
CHOP's Violence Prevention Initiative (VPI) has developed new bullying prevention resources for families, educators, and youth violence stakeholders, including a recorded webinar and downloadable fact sheets.
CHOP's Violence Prevention Initiative is hosting a webinar on the topic of bullying prevention for educators, school counselors, and administrators in elementary and middle school grades.
As 2014 wraps up, we want to look back at our top blog posts for the year.
Earlier this week, CHOP began National Bullying Prevention Month with a presentation to members of the Congressional Anti-Bullying Caucus in Washington, DC. The topic was Free2B- an evidence-based, multimedia bullying prevention program for 7th and 8th graders developed as part of CHOP's Violence Prevention Initiative.