About this Research Topic
National and international studies indicate that bullying remains a pervasive problem throughout a youth’s development. The psychological and physical consequences that bullying carries for victims, perpetrators, and witnesses alike have warranted concern. This recognition of bullying as a problem has yielded positive changes, most notably in an increase in interventions. Today, many studies suggest that bullying rates are on the decline. However, more work remains to be done. Each day science expands our understanding; understanding which is critical to the success of future prevention efforts.
The goal of the current Research Topic is to highlight new and innovative findings in the area of bullying research, particularly those which can inform intervention. The Research Topic should showcase research that addresses gaps in our understanding of youth aggression within school contexts that will serve as a resource for ensuring school safety. As such, we are seeking research on factors – problematic or protective – that affect rates youth aggression and bullying. The research may reveal causal factors, promising prevention campaigns, and/or interventions that can ameliorate the consequences of bullying for those involved. Empirical, quantitative, research is preferred, but meta-analyses and theoretical integrations are also welcome as they will help synthesize extant research to guide future endeavors. Socio-ecological studies that examine more than one level of analysis are encouraged, as is interdisciplinary research.
Important note: Abstract submission is mandatory for participating in this collection. We ask that authors of approved abstracts create accounts on the Open Science Framework (https://osf.io/) where the project summary, hypotheses, and analysis plan are to be posted publicly prior to submission of a manuscript. Registration, private or public, of additional materials – such as codebooks, datasets, appendices – are at the discretion of the author(s) but are recommended to explicate methods. Further, we ask that submitted abstracts clearly indicate the unique contributions of their work for understanding bullying and the implications for prevention.
Keywords: Adolescents, children, aggression, violence, bullying, schools
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