"Overall, the association between low parental caring and bullying perpetrationI left feeling encouraged that Dr. Espelage's opinion is that maintaining a positive school climate serves well to moderate and minimize the negative influences of family neglect and negative peer pressure. Oftentimes we hear it is near to impossible to combat the negative influences learned/observed at home or from peers. Clearly, our school climate can be a successful influence on the prevention of bullying.
is minimized when students are in a positive school climate. Furthermore, for
students from schools with positive climate, bullying perpetration is less
likely to be associated with negative peer influence."
Friday, April 9, 2010
Dane County Youth Commission Presentation By Dr. Dorothy Espelage
Board President Susan Fox, member Lionel Norton and I spent the morning at a presentation by Dr. Dorothy Espelage entitled Bully Prevention and Intervention: And Other Topics for the Dane County Youth Assessment. Her lecture, which was held in the Middleton High School Performing Arts Center, was sponsored by the Dane County Youth Commission. Dr.Espelage began the morning with an overview of New Perspectives on Bullying Prevention: Why Are Current Programs Not Working? She detailed several topics including cell phone technology and it's usage in bullying, cyber-bullying and sibling bullying. Espelage finished the presentation with Analyses of 2005 and 2008 Dane County Youth Assessment: Considering the Influences and Interactions of Mulitiple Contexts on Adolescent Experiences, examining studies of heterosexual students' willingness to remain friends with and attend school with LGBT peers and cross-sectional attitudes of heterosexual students toward sexual minorities. We also looked at the contributions of three social theories to understand bullying perpetration and victimization among school-aged youth. One of her findings concluded that: