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Are Anti-Bullying Programs Having An Opposite Effect?


Are Anti-Bullying Programs Having An Opposite Effect?

October 8, 2013 10:00 PM

NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A lot of schools spend countless hours trying to stop bullying. But some question if they are sending the right message.

It started as a simple look at bullying. University of Texas at Arlington criminologist Seokjin Jeong analyzed data collected from 7,000 students from all 50 states.

He thought the results would be predictable and would show that anti-bullying programs curb bullying. Instead — he found the opposite.

Jeong said it was, “A very disappointing and a very surprising thing. Our anti-bullying programs, either intervention or prevention does not work.”

The study concluded that students at schools with anti-bullying programs might actually be more likely to become a victim of bullying. It also found that students at schools with no bullying programs were less likely to become victims.

3 thoughts on “Are Anti-Bullying Programs Having An Opposite Effect?

  1. The programs bring more bullying investigations to light….I doubt they “create” more incidents.

  2. Students participating in D.A.R.E. programs have a greater drug use than students who don’t go through the program.

  3. Bullying has become a buzz word. Things that would have been dealt with in a few minutes now take weeks of investigation. A huge waste of time and resources.

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