1st Edition

School Bullying and Mental Health Risks, intervention and prevention

Edited By Helen Cowie, Carrie-Anne Myers Copyright 2018
    260 Pages
    by Routledge

    258 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Bullying amongst young people is a serious and pervasive problem, and recent rapid advances in electronic communication technologies have provided even more tools for bullies to exploit. School Bullying and Mental Health collates current research evidence and theoretical perspectives about school bullying in one comprehensive volume, identifying the nature and extent of bullying and cyberbullying at school, as well as its impact on children and young people’s emotional health and well-being.

    There are many negative consequences of bullying, and children and young people who have been victimised often suffer long-term psychological problems, such as increased levels of anxiety, depressive symptoms, social isolation, loneliness and suicidal ideation. Perpetrators of bullying also have a heightened risk of experiencing problems such as anxiety and depression, as well as eating disorders and antisocial behaviour. Founded on rigorous academic research, this important book tackles the negative consequences of bullying, and bullying culture itself, by examining the social and cultural contexts that perpetuate such behaviour from childhood through adolescence and potentially into adulthood.

    Containing contributions from an international team of authors, this book explores current interventions to prevent and reduce school bullying and to alleviate its negative effects on the mental health of children and young people. In-depth discussion of the profound implications of this research for researchers, practitioners and policymakers makes this book essential reading for those interested in bullying culture and the mental health and well-being of children and adolescents.

    Series Editor's Foreword


    Theme 1: The Nature of Bullying  

    1. What We Know about School Bullying 

    2. Theoretical Perspectives on the Continuities of Bullying over Time 

    Theme 2: The Interface between Bullying and Crime: Its Long-term Implications 

    3. Boundaries of Bullying: When Does Bullying Behaviour Become Criminal? 

    4. Homophobic, Biphobic and Transphobic Bullying in Schools  

    5. Contested and Complex Terrain: Sexual Violence in UK Schools  

    6. Exploring the Nature and Extent of Hate Crime in Schools and Interventions to Combat it 

    7. Bullying of Religious Minorities and Asylum Seekers 

    Theme 3: Bullying: Its Impact on Emotional Health and Well-Being  

    8. The Bullied Child in the Vulnerable Adult: Therapeutic Work with Adults Bullied in Childhood 

    9. Addressing the Mental Health and Emotional Needs of Children who Bully 

    10. The Moderating Role of Father Acceptance in the Relationship between Victimization and Depressive Symptons  

    Theme 4: The Social And Cultural Contexts which Challenge or Promote School Bullying 

    11. Bullying and Social Media  

    12. Fostering Resilience in Vulnerable Children 

    13. Bullying and Resilience within a Neoliberal Framework: Implications for Mental health and Well-being? 

    14. School Culture as a Determinant of Bullying: Exploring the Participant Roles 

    Theme 5: Effective Interventions and Policies to Counteract School Bullying  

    15. Paper Tiger or Effective Guidelines: The Use of Policies and Procedures to Address School Bullying 

    16. Reducing School Bullying: A Whole-school Approach 

    17. Convivencia: A Strategy that Prevents School Bullying and Promotes Emotional Health and Well-being 

    18. The Impact of Social and Emotional Training (SET) on School Bullying in Palestine and Sweden

    Commentaries and Epilogue  

    19. Continuities into the University 

    20. Continuities into the Workplace: What can we Learn from Research into Workplace Bullying? 

    21. The Perspective of a Teacher and Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO).  

    22. Epilogue: Implications and Considerations for Future Research in the Field of Young People’s Mental Health



    Helen Cowie is Emeritus Professor in the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Surrey and a Fellow of the British Psychological Society. She has authored and co-authored a number of influential books on mental health and youth, emotional development, bullying, cyberbullying and peer support, including From Birth to Sixteen (Routledge 2012) and Bullying Among University Students (Routledge 2016), which she co-edited with Carrie-Anne Myers.

    Carrie-Anne Myers is a senior lecturer in Criminology and Sociology at City, University of London, where she researches and publishes in a number of key fields: school violence and bullying, victims, victimology and criminal justice policy, and gendered criminology. She co-edited Bullying Among University Students with Helen Cowie (Routledge 2016).

    ‘School Bullying and Mental Health: Risks, Intervention and Prevention is a unique book that covers a broad variety of relevant and cutting-edge topics spanning from theory to practice. The book discusses the tipping point at which bullying becomes a crime and considers bullying involving sexual violence and bullying targeting minorities. As well as the school setting, bullying in university and workplace settings is covered in this book, giving the reader an overview of bullying across the life-span. The consequences of bullying are considered while accounting for therapeutic work and interventions within specific social and cultural contexts. A must-read for anyone with an interest in this increasingly recognised world-wide problem.’ - Professor Muthanna Samara, Department of Psychology, Kingston University London, UK

    ‘This is a very important book for anyone who is concerned with the nature of bullying, its consequences for the mental health and well-being of young people, and the measures that can be taken to ameliorate and prevent this ubiquitous but often hidden problem. The editors, Helen Cowie and Carrie-Anne Myers, are distinguished authorities in this complex area and bring to bear their extensive knowledge in the creation of a scholarly and very well constructed book. In dividing the volume into five distinct themes, elaborated by a wide array of international expert writers, they provide the reader with an invaluable resource that illuminates the multifarious nature of bullying in ways that are always informative, engaging, and thought-provoking. The writing is clear and accessible, but never at the expense of complexity.

    School Bullying and Mental Health: Risks, Intervention and Prevention offers many important insights, none more important than the fact that bullying in schools has immediate, extensive, and, in some cases, lifelong negative consequences for its victims that can be prevented through timely, informed and carefully targeted intervention. This book deserves a very wide readership among school leaders, teachers, educational psychologists, and school governors, as well as policy makers. Academics in education, and their Masters and Doctoral students studying bullying and mental health, will also find this book an indispensable source.’ - Paul Cooper, CPsychol, FBPsS, Emeritus Professor, Brunel University London, UK

    ‘Bullying was for long spared full censure, the rigours of the criminal law and the criminological gaze, as if it were a fleeting and marginal form of misbehaviour that should be treated with an indulgence akin to benefit of clergy. But a changing understanding of childhood, greater publicity and an enhanced appreciation of who and what it is to be a victim have begun to translate it into a complex and consequential social problem. It is apparent that it is not simply confined to the playground; that it may take multiple forms and that its impact is often far from ephemeral. It is not always easy to make sense of everything that has been learned, and Helen Cowie and Carrie-Anne Myers are greatly to be thanked for having mustered educationalists, sociologists, criminologists, and psychologists from across the globe to produce such a timely and comprehensive review of the state of expert, legal, practical, and policy-relevant knowledge of the field.’ - Paul Rock, Emeritus Professor, London School of Economics, UK

    ‘Helen Cowie and Carrie-Anne Myers realize that such an important issue as bullying needs to be viewed from different angles, based on current scientific data and appropriate methods in the field of research, intervention, and prevention. They gathered scientific researchers as well as practitioners in bullying prevention and treatment from various countries: UK, USA, Greece, Malta, Sweden, Spain, Pakistan, Australia, Ireland, and Finland. All of them share with us their impressive knowledge and practical experiences for dealing with bullying. Therefore, the book will be of great value for a range of practitioners (teachers, psychologists etc.), but also for university teachers and students, interested parents of both bullies and victims, and all those victimized people who are searching for the right answers.’ - Renata Miljević-Riđički, Professor in the Faculty of Teacher Education, University of Zagreb, Croatia