The prevalence of bullying among children has prompted the development of school- based programs to address this problem. This pilot study evaluated the effectiveness of a brief, standalone bystander bullying program for elementary school students. The purpose to the program was to train students to take action as peer-advocates. After completing the 75-minute program, students reported an increase in their ability to identify what different types of bullying look like, knowledge of bystander intervention strategies, and general confidence intervening as peer-advocates. Furthermore, fifth grade students showed the greatest response to the program. Implications for school counselors as leaders in program implementation and future directions for research are discussed.
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Midgett, Aida and Doumas, Diana M.. (2016). "Training Elementary School Students to Intervene as Peer-Advocates to Stop Bullying at School: A Pilot Study". Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, 11(3-4), 353-365.