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Pennsylvania Schools Report Decrease in Bullying Behaviors
Date:11/17/2009

ve changes in the way our schools are responding to the issue of bullying."

In September, the foundation shared preliminary results of the report that indicated significant decreases in reports of elementary and middle school students being bullied. The full analysis includes statistics based on research conducted at the high school level. Until now, high school students have been a population that was never evaluated in terms of bullying prevention efforts.

High school students reported a 16 percent decrease in reports of being bullied and a 39 percent decrease in bullying others after 12 months of participating in a bullying prevention program. These students also had increased perceptions that adults at school were actively working to address the issue of bullying.

The study was the primary topic of discussion this morning at the International Bullying Prevention Association Conference, which is being held today and tomorrow at the Omni William Penn hotel in downtown Pittsburgh. More than 650 school personnel, policymakers, researchers, community leaders and parents have gathered to discuss best practices for creating safe learning and neighborhood environments free of bullying.

To view the complete report and its results, visit www.highmarkhealthyhigh5.org.

About the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program

The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP) is the most widely accepted and internationally recognized health promotion program designed to improve peer relations and make schools safer, more positive places for students to learn and develop. The OBPP is a long-term, systemwide program that involves components at four levels: school, individual, classroom and community. The OBPP has been implemented in more than a dozen countries around the world and in thousands of United States schools. For more information
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