Program effectiveness of a Restorative Whole-school Approach for tackling school bullying in Hong Kong

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)846-862
Journal / PublicationInternational Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
Volume55
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2011

Abstract

With bullying in schools high on policy makers' agendas, researchers are looking for effective strategies to tackle its disruptive effects. The present study sets out to address this issue. First, the prevalence of bullying is examined in Hong Kong High Schools, and second, the effectiveness of a Restorative Whole-school Approach (RWsA) in reducing bullying is examined in a quasi-experimental design. The RWsA emphasizes the setting up of restorative goals, clear instructions, team building, and good relationships among students, parents, and teachers. Over the course of 2 years, and across four schools, the effectiveness of this program was observed by comparing an intervention group with a partial intervention group (which did not receive the full treatment) and a control group (which received no treatment whatsoever). The group that received the RWsA treatment exhibited a significant reduction of bullying, higher empathic attitudes, and higher self-esteem in comparison to the partial intervention and the control group. © 2011 SAGE Publications.

Research Area(s)

  • bullying, restorative justice, whole-school approach

Citation Format(s)

Program effectiveness of a Restorative Whole-school Approach for tackling school bullying in Hong Kong. / Wong, Dennis S. W.; Cheng, Christopher H. K.; Ngan, Raymond M. H. et al.
In: International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, Vol. 55, No. 6, 09.2011, p. 846-862.

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