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School Violence and Special Educational Needs and Disability

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Presently, there are few investigations that consider students with special educational needs and/or disabilities (i.e. SEND) and problems of school coexistence that may end up triggering school violence (e.g., bullying and cyber-bullying). Students with SEND are more vulnerable to peer victimization in schools. Depending on a student’s type of special educational need or disability, the risk of exclusion, rejection, and victimization can increase. Also, the risk of peer victimization usually differs between different types of special educational needs or disabilities (e.g., communication and language difficulties, autism spectrum disorder), which highlights the necessity of paying special attention to this risk group.

In this Research Topic, we therefore aim to increase the visibility of the problems of school violence suffered by students with SEND, as well as examine protective factors (e.g., family, teachers) and successful programs to prevent bullying. Studies may be focused on one or more educational needs, educational stages, and the associated problems of school violence.

This Research Topic aims to help all professionals directly involved in education field to join forces in caring for students with SEND in their various educational stages. To achieve this, we will welcome manuscripts that include the following:

• Empirical studies dealing with rejection, exclusion, and other forms of violent behavior towards students with SEND;
• Studies that consider the role of the family and teachers in giving attention to the student with SEND and the prevention of school violence;
• Studies on programs that have been successful in promoting the inclusion of students with SEND and the prevention of bullying;
• Studies providing validation of questionnaires and scales that are accessible to students with SEND.

Authors are also encouraged to submit meta-analyses and systematic reviews that help synthesize existing research to guide future research.


Keywords: school violence, special education needs, disability, rejection, exclusion, victimization


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

Presently, there are few investigations that consider students with special educational needs and/or disabilities (i.e. SEND) and problems of school coexistence that may end up triggering school violence (e.g., bullying and cyber-bullying). Students with SEND are more vulnerable to peer victimization in schools. Depending on a student’s type of special educational need or disability, the risk of exclusion, rejection, and victimization can increase. Also, the risk of peer victimization usually differs between different types of special educational needs or disabilities (e.g., communication and language difficulties, autism spectrum disorder), which highlights the necessity of paying special attention to this risk group.

In this Research Topic, we therefore aim to increase the visibility of the problems of school violence suffered by students with SEND, as well as examine protective factors (e.g., family, teachers) and successful programs to prevent bullying. Studies may be focused on one or more educational needs, educational stages, and the associated problems of school violence.

This Research Topic aims to help all professionals directly involved in education field to join forces in caring for students with SEND in their various educational stages. To achieve this, we will welcome manuscripts that include the following:

• Empirical studies dealing with rejection, exclusion, and other forms of violent behavior towards students with SEND;
• Studies that consider the role of the family and teachers in giving attention to the student with SEND and the prevention of school violence;
• Studies on programs that have been successful in promoting the inclusion of students with SEND and the prevention of bullying;
• Studies providing validation of questionnaires and scales that are accessible to students with SEND.

Authors are also encouraged to submit meta-analyses and systematic reviews that help synthesize existing research to guide future research.


Keywords: school violence, special education needs, disability, rejection, exclusion, victimization


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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