Books and Articles — Bullying and Youth Violence

Books for Children and Teens

BerenstainBerenstain Bears and the Bully
BerenstainBerenstain Bears and the Double Dare
Brunet, KarenSimon's Hook
Romain, TrevorBullies are a Pain in the Brain
Sportelli-Rehak, AngelaMoving Again Mom
Zafris, PeterAnton Acts Up (for ages 4 - 8)
Zafris, PeterDot Spots a Surprise Ending (for ages 4 - 8)
Zafris, PeterTiny T Saves the Day (for ages 4 - 8)

Books and Videos for Adults

(Video)Mean Girls
Coloroso, BarbaraThe Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander: From Preschool to HighSchool--How Parents and Teachers Can Help Break the Cycle
Dellasega, Cheryl and Nixon, CharisseGirl Wars: 12 Strategies That Will End Female Bullying
District Attorney (Video)Stop Bullying Before It Starts -- a kid to kid prevention program
Guerra, Nancy and SmithPreventing Youth Violence in a Multicultural Society
Hinduja, Sameer and PatchinBullying Beyond the Schoolyard: Preventing and Responding to Cyberbullying
Hoover, John and OliverThe Bullying Prevention Handbook: A Guide for Principals, Teachers, and Counselors
Jacobs, TomTeen Cyberbullying Investigated: Where Do Your Rights End and Consequences Begin?
Kowalski, Robin and Limber, et al.Cyberbullying: Bullying in the Digital Age
Lutzker, JohnPreventing Violence: Research and Evidence-Based Intervention Strategies
Olweus, DanBullying at School: What We Know and What We Can Do
Orpinas, Pamela and HorneBullying Prevention: Creating a Positive School Climate and Developing Social Competence
Randall, Kaye and Bowen, AllysonMean Girls: 101 1/2 Creative Strategies for Working With Relational Aggression
Simmons, RachelOdd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls
Simmons, RachelOdd Girl Speaks Out: Girls Write about Bullies, Cliques, Popularity, and Jealousy
Stein, NanBullyproof Curriculuum
Swearer, Susan and Espelage, et al.Bullying Prevention & Intervention: Realistic Strategies for Schools
Willard, NancyCyberbullying and Cyberthreats: Responding to the Challenge of Online Social Aggression , Threats, and Distress
Wiseman, RosalindBoys, Girls and Other Hazardous Materials
Wiseman, RosalindQueen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and Other Realities of Adolescence

Articles and Other Resources

It's getting safer to be a child in the U.S., by Jen Christensen. CNN, May 01, 2014.  “Despite all the national headlines about school shootings and other violence, life has actually gotten a lot safer for American children, according to a new study. Instances in which children were the victims of crimes such as assaults or violence such as bullying have declined significantly, according to the study, which appears in the most recent edition of the JAMA Pediatrics. Researchers compared rates of 50 different types of violence and crime over time. Of those categories, 27 saw significant declines between 2003 and 2011.”

In Texting Era, Crisis Hotlines Put Help at Youths’ Fingertips, by Leslie Kaufman. New York Times, February 04, 2014.  “While counseling by phone remains far more prevalent, texting has become such a fundamental way to communicate, particularly among people under 20, that crisis groups have begun to adopt it as an alternative way of providing emergency services and counseling. Texting provides privacy that can be crucial if a person feels threatened by someone near them, counselors say. It also looks more natural if the teenager is in public.”

Bully in the next bedroom - are we in denial about sibling aggression?, by William Kremer. November 08, 2013.  “Sibling relationships can be difficult, and never more so than in childhood. But society often regards the scrapping and squabbling, the play fighting and not-so-playful fighting as a normal part of growing up. Almost a third of the 3,600 children questioned said they had been the victim of some sort of sibling aggression in the past 12 months. The included a range of acts from theft and psychological abuse to physical assault, either mild or severe. In comparison, research suggests that up to a quarter of children are victims of schoolyard aggression every year.”

Sexual violence common among teens. Feeling responsible isn't., by Melissa Healy. Los Angeles Times, October 07, 2013.  “Nearly 1 in 10 young Americans between ages 14 and 21 acknowledges having perpetrated an act of sexual violence at least once, and 4% of a nationally representative sample of American kids reported attempting or completing rape, a new study finds.”

Media Coverage of Gun Violence May Further Stigmatize Mental Illness, by Rick Nauert, PhD. Psych Central, March 22, 2013.  “Investigators are concerned that negative media coverage may increase public bias against mental illness and discourage people with mental illness from seeking care. For the report, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health researchers compared public perception among people who did not read media accounts, to people who did read media reports of a mass shooting. The discovered reading a news article describing a mass shooting raised readers' support for both gun restrictions for persons with serious mental illness, and for a ban on large-capacity ammunition magazines.”

The Psychological Effects Of Bullying Last Well Into Adulthood, Study Finds, by Alice Walton. Forbes, February 21, 2013.  “As bullying gains more awareness from the general public, it's also gained momentum among researchers. More studies are beginning to confirm the sometimes serious psychological effects of bullying, particularly for the bullied, like increased risk for depression and anxiety; others have hinted at what might be going on in the mind of the bully. Both groups seem to be at increased risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviors. The problem with many of the past studies is that they're often short-term, or in some cases, the connections between bullying and psychological health (or unhealth) seem to fade away after other variables are taken into account.”

Bullying Can Lead to PTSD Symptoms, by Janice Wood. Psych Central, November 28, 2012.  “A new study has found a high incidence of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms among teenagers who have been bullied. The study of 963 teens aged 14 and 15 in Norwegian schools found symptoms of the disorder in about 33 percent of the students who said they were victims of bullying--though it did not determine that these students were diagnosed with full-blown PTSD.”

Bullying And Mental Health: Study Links Anxiety, Hyperactivity In Kids To Bullying, by Catherine Pearson. Huffington Post, October 22, 2012.  “The study, presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics' national conference in New Orleans on Monday, found that kids with Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) -- which is characterized by frequent tantrums and revenge seeking -- were six times more likely to be identified as bullies than children with no mental health disorders, while children with depression were three times more likely. Children with anxiety and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) were also around three times more likely to be bullies, according to parental reports.”

Cyberbullying Rarely Sole Factor in Teen Suicides, by Janice Wood. Psych Central, October 20, 2012.  “Cyberbullying - the use of the Internet, phones or other technology to repeatedly harass or mistreat peers - is often linked with teen suicide. But new research shows that teen suicide victims are bullied both online and in person and they often suffer from depression as well. In the new study, researchers searched the Internet for reports of teen suicides where cyberbullying was a reported factor.”

Exposure to Violence Has Long-Term Stress Effects Among Adolescents, by ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, July 03, 2012.  “Children who are exposed to community violence continue to exhibit a physical stress response up to a year after the exposure, suggesting that exposure to violence may have long-term negative health consequences, according researchers at Penn State and University College London.”

New Guidelines to Curb Childhood Aggression, by Rick Nauert. June 01, 2012.  “Childhood aggression is a common, yet complex behavior. New recommendations to aid in the care of youth have been released to primary care providers and mental health specialists.”

Validation: How Parents Can Help Their Children Cope with Bullying, by Karyn Hall. Psychology Today, March 03, 2012.

Weight and Body Image Program Helps Teen Girls, by Rick Nauert. Psych Central, February 14, 2012.  “Researchers report success in a primary care-directed weight management program designed specifically for teenage girls.”

SWPBIS School Program Reduces Bullying, by John Grohol. February 07, 2012.  “A behavioral school program designed by psychologists appears to reduce bullying in schools where it's been implemented, according to a new study.”

Children's Mental Health, by APA. American Psychological Assosciation, June 19, 2011.  “Contrary to popular belief, infants and toddlers can suffer serious mental health disorders. Yet, because of the pervasive but mistaken impression that this can't happen, many very young children with mental health disorders don't get the help they need.”

Minimal Training Aids in Response to Trauma, by Traci Pedersen. Psych Central, March 31, 2011.  “Even a small amount of training can teach people how to be more supportive when a friend or loved one confides in them a traumatic event or other type of mistreatment, suggests new research from the University of Oregon.”

As Bullies Go Digital, Parents Play Catch-Up, by Jan Hoffman. New York Times, December 04, 2010.  “It is difficult enough to support one's child through a siege of schoolyard bullying. But the lawlessness of the Internet, its potential for casual, breathtaking cruelty, and its capacity to cloak a bully's identity all present slippery new challenges to this transitional generation of analog parents.”

Fighting Bullying with Babies, by David Bornstein. New York Times, November 08, 2010.  “We know that humans are hardwired to be aggressive and selfish. But a growing body of research is demonstrating that there is also a biological basis for human compassion. Brain scans reveal that when we contemplate violence done to others we activate the same regions in our brains that fire up when mothers gaze at their children, suggesting that caring for strangers may be instinctual.”

For gay teens, it still needs to get better, by Joseph Kahn. Boston Globe, November 06, 2010.  “While physical assaults on gay teens may be declining overall - thanks to many factors, including tougher antibullying laws and more support systems for high schoolers who choose to "come out," there's ample evidence, too, that bullying and intolerance remain part of their daily lives.”

The Age of Anxiety, by Sarah Schweitzer. Boston Globe, October 31, 2010.  “The worries over bullying today are difficult for many parents to reconcile with how bullying was dealt with in their own school days recollected by many as an unpleasant but passing nuisance, something a child simply had to outlast or fight his way through. Yet a growing body of research shows that bullying often has longlasting impacts, particularly in an age when the Internet and cellphones have dramatically changed the landscape.”

'It Gets Better': Wisdom From Grown-Up Gays and Lesbians to Bullied Kids, by Meredith Melnick. Time Magazine, September 27, 2010.  “According to a study from Penn State University, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and "queer" youth (a catch-all term for gender and sexually non-normative people) are four times more likely to attempt suicide than their straight peers. Of all American teens who die by their own hand, 30% are LGBTQ.”

Patrick-Murray Administration Unveils Model Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan, by J.C. Considine. MA DOE, August 24, 2010.

Psychological Profile of Teen Cyberbullies, by Rick Nauert. Psych Central, July 06, 2010.  “A new report finds that adolescent victims and perpetrators of electronic bullying appear more likely to report having psychiatric and physical symptoms and problems.”

Online Bullies Pull Schools Into the Fray, by Jan Hoffman. New York Times, June 27, 2010.  “Affronted by cyberspace's escalation of adolescent viciousness, many parents are looking to schools for justice, protection, even revenge.”

Parents Unite Against Bullying, by Steve Sisgold. Psychology Today, May 14, 2010.

Eyes on Bullying: What YOU Can Do to Prevent and Stop Bullying at Camp, by Kim Storey. Camping Magazine, May 01, 2010.

School shocked by a suicide drafts tough policy on bullies, by Peter Schworm. Boston Globe, April 28, 2010.  “South Hadley schools have drafted a new antibullying policy that requires all staff members to report “any bullying they see or learn about’’ and pledges to “promptly and reasonably’’ investigate any allegation of harassment.”

"Egregious" Behavior Sparked Bullying Charges, Says Anti-Bullying Expert, by Bob Oakes. WBUR, April 01, 2010.  “Three teenagers charged in relation to the death of a South Hadley student are scheduled to appear in court next Tuesday. They're among nine teens facing criminal charges in what prosecutors call the "incessant bullying" of 15-year-old Phoebe Prince, who committed suicide in January.”

Bullying bill OK'd in House, 148 to 0, by David Abel. Boston Globe, March 19, 2010.

Modeling kindness and empathy, by Barbara Coloroso. Boston Globe, March 09, 2010.  “Barbara Coloroso, author of several books on parenting, bullying, and conflict resolution, says parents must model behavior to create kind, empathetic children.”

Is your child a bully?, by Lylah M. Alphonse. Boston Globe, February 18, 2010.

For Detained Youths, No Mental Health Overseer, by Julie Bosman. New York Times, February 10, 2010.  “The State of New York does not have a single full-time staff psychiatrist charged with overseeing the treatment of the 800 or so young people who are detained in state facilities at any given time. Aspects of the lack of mental health services throughout New York’s juvenile prison system were described last August in a withering report from the federal Department of Justice that examined conditions at four notorious state juvenile prisons. The report criticized the state for failing to properly diagnose juveniles’ mental health problems, administering medication inappropriately and making inadequate treatment plans. Young people are frequently assigned several different diagnoses at the same institution, resulting in confused and ineffective treatment.”

More Than Academics at Morton Alternative, by Giovanna Brue. New York Times, January 23, 2010.  “A program combining intensive psychotherapy with conventional studies to help troubled teens finish school has reported promising results.”

How we can end the cycle of bullying, by Claudia Meininger Gold. Boston Globe, September 14, 2009.

The silent majority, by Bella English. Boston Globe, July 18, 2009.  “The anti-bullying forces tried to work with the bullies and the victims. Now they're targeting the bystanders.”

At Last, Facing Down Bullies (and Their Enablers), by Perri Klass. New York Times, June 08, 2009.  “Doctors, parents, schools, children — everyone has a stake when bullies are involved.”

Bullied Children Develop Psychotic Symptoms, by Jennifer Warner. WebMD Health News, May 04, 2009.

Constantly bullied, he ends his life at age 11, by Milton Valencia. Boston Globe, April 20, 2009.

Stopping bullying in school, by Michael Jellinek, M.D. The Newton Tab, February 10, 2009.

Parenting Primer: Bullying is not just about lunch money, by Michael Jellinek, M.D. The Newton Tab, January 13, 2009.

In Defense of Teasing, by Dacher Keltner. The New York Times Magazine, December 05, 2008.

The Brain of a Bully, by Tara Parker-Pope. The New York Times, November 12, 2008.  “New brain scan research suggests that bullies respond to images of violence differently than less aggressive youths.”

Parents Often Unaware of Cyber-Bullying, by Tara Parker-Pope. The New York Times, October 03, 2008.  “Bullying on the Internet and in text messages is common, but teens often are afraid to report the problem to parents.”

With Bullying, Suicide Risk for Victims and Tormentors, by Tara Parker-Pope. The New York Times, July 18, 2008.  “ A sweeping review finds higher suicide risks for both bullies and their victims.”

Fighting the Web Bullying That Led to a Suicide, by Associated Press. The New York Times, June 01, 2008.  “The mother of a 13-year-old who committed suicide as a result of Internet bullying has dedicated herself to raising awareness of the issue and helping victims.”

More Teens Victimized by Cyber-Bullies, by Tara Parker-Pope. The New York Times, November 27, 2007.  “Digital harassment from school bullies is a growing problem for teens.”

Cyberbullying Education for Parents: A Guide for Clinicians, by Margaret Hannah. Journal of Social Sciences, 2010.  “Cyberbullying is a problem that is growing rapidly. Current estimates indicate that at least 20-35% of children and adolescents experience cyberbullying.”

Many Sources, One Theme: Analysis of Cyberbullying Prevention and Intervention Websites, by Rebecca Ahlfors. Journal of Social Sciences, 2010.  “Cyberbullying represents the expansion of traditional bullying into the electronic realm. As the problem of cyberbullying typically occurs via the Internet, many cyberbullying prevention and intervention resources have been made available online.”

Sexting, Texting, Cyberbullying and Keeping Youth Safe Online, by Robin D'Antona and Kevorkian, et al. Journal of Social Sciences, 2010.  “The issue of cyberbullying is one that has raised the concerns of parents, educators and law enforcement. Today children have cell phones with internet access as young as age eleven and some have cell phones as young as age eight making them all vulnerable to cyberbullying.”

Cyber Bullying: Challenges and Strategies Faced by Juvenile Police Officers, by Ken Thaxter. Journal of Social Sciences, 2010.  “One of the challenges of teaching pre-teens about the internet is their varying degrees and levels of involvement. The juvenile police officer brings a solid understanding of the laws as well as a strong knowledge of safety issues to the classroom, making them an excellent educational resource. Officers can utilize an educational approach with parents and students in which they define what cyber bullying is and, importantly, demonstrate that definition by describing real cases.”

Sexting and Youth: Achieving a Rational Response, by Nancy Willard. Journal of Social Sciences, 2010.  “The term sexting is a combination of two terms "text" and "sex." The term is being applied to situations to sending self-created nude or semi-nude sexually provocative images or sexually explicit text.”

On the Front Lines: Educating Teachers about Bullying and Prevention Methods, by Aviva Glasner. Journal of Social Sciences, 2010.  “While parents are and should be encouraged and trained to recognize understand the insidious nature of techno bullying, it is not enough. The schools should take an active stance against bullying and this includes training teachers and other personnel to be trained to recognize the signs and to intervene in bullying.”

What Parents Can Do About CyberBullying, by Signe Whitson. Psychology Today, 2012.

Dr. Elizabeth Englander: Providing services and programs to help prevent bullying, cyberbullying and problem cyber-behaviors., by Elizabeth Englander. 2012.  “Dr. Elizabeth Englander's website provides services and programs to help prevent bullying, cyberbullying and problem cyber-behaviors. Includes various types of information to provide information and resources.”

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