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.
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.
Stephen Leff, PhD and Christine Waanders, PhD of CHOP's Violence Prevention Initiative (VPI) will be participating in a web chat hosted by 6ABC on bullying prevention in school settings. They will share knowledge and best practices cultivated over years of research and the implementation of VPI's Partner for Prevention program, which takes a whole-school approach to bullying prevention for vulnerable 3-5 grade youth in select Philadelphia elementary schools.
Learn how employing a whole-school approach to bullying prevention, rather than singling out the bully or the victim, can lead to a culture of acceptance and empowerment.