A Reference Handbook
by Jessie Klein
December 2019, 404pp, 6x9
1 volume, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-5522-1
$65, £50, 57€, A90
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According to recent research, 80 percent of school shootings stem from some form of school bullying.

This volume explains how bullying became a problem in schools and what can be done about it. It also points readers to additional resources among the many that exist on the topic that will help them to fully understand it.

Bullying: A Reference Handbook opens with a background and history of school bullying before diving into raging controversies over causes and solutions. It contains personal essays from experts in the field and profiles of empathy-building bullying prevention organizations and additionally includes data and documents, a chronological history of bullying, and resources for further research. Anyone interested in learning more about school bullying will come away with a clear understanding of the topic.

This volume is the only resource on the issue of school bullying targeted for high school and college students as well as other serious researchers. With an emphasis on bullying prevention, including less well known but up-and-coming empathy-building programs, this book contributes ground-breaking material to help readers to learn about the scope of the problem as well as essential solutions that families and schools can practice in everyday life.


  • Provides readers with an understanding of school bullying and its many forms, including gay-bashing, slut-bashing, and other forms of gender policing
  • Suggests a number of remedies based on solid research that have effectively prevented school bullying
  • Explains the crucial relationship between school bullying and the increase in school shootings
  • Provides research about the role of self-esteem for those perceived as bullies as well as targets
  • Profiles effective programs that build empathy and prevent school bullying
Jessie Klein, PhD, MSW, MEd, is an Adelphi University (AU) associate professor of sociology and criminal justice and founder and director of the Creating Compassionate Communities program supported by the AU Center for Health Innovation. Dr. Klein is author of Bully Society: School Shootings and the Crisis of Bullying in America's Schools. Her writing appears in many scholarly journals as well as in the popular press, including The New York Times, USA Today, and CNN.com. She hosts a blog on PsychologyToday.com and has appeared on numerous television and radio shows including CNN and WNPR.


"Consider for high school collections in need of materials on the topic."—School Library Journal, March 1, 2020

Contemporary World Issues

This award-winning series offers comprehensive, one-volume reference handbooks on important topics related to health, education, the environment, and social and ethical issues.

24-hour cable news. Millions of internet sites. Information overload. How can we sort through the information? Assess the analyses? Trust the sources?

A world of questions demands a library of answers. Contemporary World Issues covers the controversial topics that students, readers, and citizens want to read about, write about, and know more about.


Subject coverage spans six main categories:

  • Criminal Justice
  • Environment
  • Gender and Ethnicity
  • Politics, Law, and Government
  • Science, Technology, and Medicine
  • Society
Each volume offers a rich array of resources:
  • A background and history essay that provides essential context and grounding for further study
  • A balanced summary of ongoing controversies and proposed solutions that show numerous paths for further research on pressing, contemporary questions
  • A forum of authoritative perspective essays by experts, offering a broad spectrum of arguments on the issues
  • Carefully selected annotated documents, tables, and graphs that support statistical literacy and investigation of primary sources
  • A chronology of events, legislation, and movements that place events in sequence and draw connections between them
  • Annotated lists of print, web, and multimedia resources that power the next steps for in-depth research
  • Profiles of key players and organizations
  • A glossary of key terms
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