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Bullying Prevention Research Briefs

Published by the Center for Schools and Communities, this series of briefs describes the Center for Safe School's bullying prevention initiative PA CARES and what is being learned through evaluation of the initiative. PA CARES is an implementation project that has brought the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP) to over 88 schools in Pennsylvania. Current briefs focus on describing the initiative, the nature of bullying in Pennsylvania schools and what is being learned through early evaluations of program fidelity. Future research briefs will address program effects, as they relate to key implementation variables.

PA CARES is funded by the Highmark Healthy High 5, an initiative of the Highmark Foundation.

Understanding Implementation of OBPP – The first in a series of Research Briefs explores the nature of teachers’ understanding of, and commitment to, a bullying prevention program (November 2009)

Olweus Bullying Prevention Program: Fidelity and School Characteristics – This research brief takes a first look at how different components of the Olweus program function across different types of school characteristics, such as school enrollment and school level. (May 2010)

Bullying Behaviors in Pennsylvania Schools – Examining a sample of nearly 30,000 students, this research brief examines differences in frequent bullying victimization by key school characteristics. (May 2010)

Olweus Bullying Prevention Program in High Schools: A Review of Literature – This research brief summarizes the literature on bullying among high school students and provides information about the application of bullying prevention programs, including the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, in American high schools. (August 2011)