Bullying goes far beyond typical treatments of the topic by presenting an overview of the research concerning the causes, symptoms, and prevalence of bullying to illustrate how it is not simply a social issue but both a genuine medical and health issue. The author draws upon both clinical data and her own extensive experience observing children’s interactions on school playgrounds and from interviewing parents, teachers, administrators, and children themselves to reach conclusions about evidence-based prevention and treatment.
The work provides a deeper understanding of bullying by presenting biological and psychological theories of aggression, describing why bystanders who witness bullying react in the way that they do, offering novel ways to deal with the problem, and presenting proven methods that concerned bystanders of all ages can employ to break bullying behaviors—without increasing their own risk. It provides information of great relevance to students, parents, counselors, educators, teaching assistants, and administrators.
- A bibliography that includes useful sources such as the U.S. Secret Service Report investigating school attacks, early research into bullying and youth behavior, and work by leading experts in the field
- A glossary defines terms such as fatalistic suicide, diffusion of responsibility, and provocative victim
- A list of resources directs readers to further information on treatment and prevention for those struggling with mental health problems due to bullying