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Effects of an Afterschool Program to Prevent Bullying on Violence Prevention Beliefs and Behaviors: A Pilot Study

Cassandra Hester, Alaina Kramer, Kaitlyn McManus, Cody Campbell, Brandon Stewart, Truman State University

Full manuscript: www.kon.org/urc/v14/hester.html

Abstract: In a rural school district with some of the highest rates of bullying in the state, the Aggressors, Victims, and Bystanders: Thinking and Acting to Prevent Violence classroom-based program (AVB) was implemented in an afterschool program setting and delivered using community-based personnel because of lack of time and staffing in the regular school day schedule. High-risk middle school student participants enrolled in an afterschool program for academic support completed the Pre-Post AVB Survey instrument before the first lesson of the 12-lesson AVB curriculum and immediately following the last lesson of the curriculum.

Participants’ significantly increased their overall confidence that they could prevent violence in their school and lives, significantly decreased their beliefs that support violence, and significantly decreased their behaviors supportive of violence (p <.001). Although the program was developed to be implemented as a school-based intervention, in urban areas, and taught by school personnel; this study has provided data to suggest that it may also be effective in the rural, afterschool setting and taught by non-school personnel.

Read the full manuscript: www.kon.org/urc/v14/hester.html

Assessing Middle School Students Need for a School Counselor

Michele R. Schmalzel, Siena Heights University

Full manuscript: www.kon.org/urc/v12/schmalzel.html

Abstract:School counselors provide a range of services to students and can be particularly beneficial to middle school students, who are in a period of adjustment and change (Maples et al., 2005). These students may deal with difficulties such as family and or social problems, depression, and bullying. Thirty-five middle school students in a private Catholic school were surveyed to determine their feelings about school counselors. (The school currently does not have a school counselor.) In this study I examined whether students would be interested in having a school counselor available to them and what benefits they believed a school counselor could provide. The students surveyed have little experience with, or knowledge of, school counselors. Results showed the students have an interest in a school counselor and would be willing to see a counselor. Students also demonstrate an awareness that fellow students could benefit from a school counselor. 

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School Bullying Hurts: Evidence of Psychological and Academic Challenges among Students with Bullying Histories.

Amanda Brandt, Krishny Zaveri, Ketty Fernandez, Lauraine Jondoh,
Evelyn Duran, Lindsey Bell, Jennifer Gutierrez, Nicole Benna, Daniel Cruz, Ph.D.*,
Caldwell College

Full text: www.kon.org/urc/v11/bullying/brandt.html

Part of the URJHS Special Edition on School Bullying

Abstract: Bullying carries a lifelong series of emotional scars that permanently affect children into adulthood. Bullying is associated with depression, anxiety, and poor school performance. Yet, despite considerable evidence, the effectiveness of bullying programs remains questionable. The current study examined the impact of bullying on the psychological well-being of students and on academic achievement, specifically in the area of reading comprehension. Results indicated that bullying was strongly associated with increased psychological problems and with poor reading comprehension performance. These results suggest that bullying results in student low academic achievement and implies that bullying programs must be monitored for effectiveness and anti-bullying enforced.

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Special Edition: School Bullying

Special Edition of the
Undergraduate Research Journal for the Human Sciences

Topic: School Bullying

Undergraduate students are eligible to submit papers on the theme of School Bullying for publication in the online Undergraduate Research Journal for the Human SciencesPapers submitted for consideration may describe student projects from research awards, seminars, independent studies, service-learning projects, or class projects in the student’s major. There are no deadlines; manuscripts are posted as they are approved for publication. The page, Bullying Research Ideas  (http://chapters.kon.org/bullying-research/research-ideas), may provide a starting point for research.

About the Journal: The Undergraduate Research Journal for the Human Sciences is an online national journal dedicated to the publication of undergraduate student research. The twofold purpose of the journal is to foster and reward the scholarly efforts of undergraduate human sciences students as well as to provide a valuable learning experience. The articles represent primarily the work of the undergraduate student(s). Faculty members, who deserve recognition, are identified by an asterisk next to their names. Undergraduate research not only bridges the gap between knowledge and experience but has the benefit of laying the groundwork for career exploration and development. The opportunity for undergraduates to publish in a national journal is an added value to the overall educational experience and to the process of self-discovery. The articles published in this journal will reflect appropriate scope and complexity for excellent undergraduate work. The basis for accepting papers for publication is the agreement among reviewers that the project and design are strong representatives of introductory level research.

Objectives: This theme serves one or more of these purposes: (a) assesses the impacts of bullying in the school setting; (b) evaluates action taken by individuals, families, schools, and communities that contributes to and/or ameliorates school bullying; (c) considers the place of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and gender in relation to school bullying; (d) examines action taken by families and schools that prevents cyberbullying; and (e) proposes courses of action to bring an end to school bullying.

Overview: Kappa Omicron Nu launched the Bullying – Service Learning Initiative in August 2012 as part of its Social Responsibility theme. The Bullying Service-Learning Initiative Website provides background information and resources for service-learning programs and research related to the problem of bullying as it exists in schools throughout the United States. Kappa Omicron Nu chapters and other student and community groups are invited to use this Website.

Because society is transformed most productively from the bottom up in the spheres of environmental, social, and economic change, Kappa Omicron Nu chapters and other student groups have an opportunity to make an impact in the larger community. The objective of this Bullying Initiative is to create conditions that make it possible for all individuals to get along and function better in or out of the school setting.

Call for Papers: URJHS Special Edition on School Bullying

Call for Undergraduate Research Papers
for Publication in a Special Edition of the
Undergraduate Research Journal for the Human Sciences
Topic: School Bullying


Undergraduate students are eligible to submit papers on the theme of School Bullying for publication in the Undergraduate Research Journal for the Human Sciences (and on the Website described below). Papers submitted for consideration may describe student projects from research awards, seminars, independent studies, service-learning projects, or class projects in the student’s major.
Objectives: This theme serves one or more of these purposes: (a) assesses the impacts of bullying in the school setting; (b) evaluates action taken by individuals, families, schools, and communities that contributes to and/or ameliorates school bullying; (c) considers the place of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and gender in relation to school bullying; (d) examines action taken by families and schools that prevents cyberbullying; and (e) proposes courses of action to bring an end to school bullying.
Read more at http://chapters.kon.org/bullying/call-for-papers-urjhs