05 SES 03, (Preventing) Bullying and Violence
Bullying is recognized among the most serious problems in schools, impairing children’s emotional wellbeing and learning (Andreou, Vlachou, & Didaskalou, 2007. VanDeur, 2011). Recent studies in Greece suggest that involvement in bullying is an issue in school students, affecting one out of three children in the country (Giavazolias, et al., 2010). There is evidence that children who do not cope well with bullying and who respond in counter-productive ways, may actually reinforce further victimisation (Kochenderfer-Ladd & Skinner, 2002. Skrzypiec et al., 2011).
In the literature the potential advantages of working through schools as sites for interventions are highlighted (Slee et al., 2009). The ‘coping with bullying’ (CWB) intervention is a program devised by Slee and Murray-Harvey (2006) based on the suggestion that young people could be taught how to cope with stressful situations. The intervention adopts a systemic model of reducing bullying as it is implemented within a whole-school approach to the problem, particularly by encouraging students’ active involvement in working with coping strategies. Central to the intervention is a DVD written and performed by high school students .The programme also includes: Teacher Lesson Plans and lesson materials, Teacher Timetable, Teacher Training Powerpoint, Teacher feedback sheets, and the Student Workbook with the message: Stay Calm. ThinkClearly.
The original program proved to be effective, as those who reported being seriously bullied pre-intervention were more likely to report less serious bullying post-intervention (effect size: r=.14).
In order to adjust the intervention program to the Greek reality, an –emic approach had to be followed (Skrzypiec, Roussi-Vergou, & Andreou, 2011). The purpose of our presentation is to a) describe the steps taken to the development of the Greek version of the originally Australian intervention material, b) to present the evaluation from the pilot study, and c) to present the initial outcomes from the final study.
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