Controlled Trial of a Family Intervention for Children Bullied By Peers (2010–2011)
Bullying affects 1 in 10 children daily and causes serious ongoing mental health problems. School-based bullying interventions have made little difference for frequently bullied children. There has been reluctance in examining programs aimed at bullied children due to concerns that this amounts to blaming the victim. Yet bullied children show distinctive social behaviours which place them at risk of being bullied. Their parents tend to use strategies which exacerbate their children s difficulties. The proposed research will be, to our knowledge, the first trial of a family program for bullied children. It seeks to complement school-based efforts by empowering victims and their families to effectively influence bullying.