Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Bullying research

Researchers study role of gossip, ostracization in bullying
More researchers are beginning to focus on the role that relational aggression plays in school bullying. The behavior, which includes social ostracization and gossip and often involves students who are considered popular, has typically been overlooked and considered less dangerous than physical or verbal abuse. Research shows that programs such as Steps to Respect, which teaches students and teachers to intervene, may help to diffuse such situations.
Frey, K. (2010).Gossip on the playground. School Psychology Review, 39(4), 536-551.

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