2014 Student Research Conference:
27th Annual Student Research Conference

Bullying Prevention Integrated Into an Afterschool Program for At-Risk Students
Lauren A. Renschler* and Kendra A. Woolman
Dr. Carol Cox, Faculty Mentor

Title Bullying prevention integrated into an afterschool program for at-risk students Description In a rural Missouri county, 65% of students report being teased in the past 3 months, one-fifth were bullied or in a fight, and 8% were threatened or injured with a weapon in the past year. From mid-January to mid-April 2013, the evidence-based Aggressors, Victims, and Bystanders: Thinking and Acting to Prevent Violence (AVB) Program was integrated into an afterschool program for at-risk middle school students. Project Objectives Upon completion, participants will: increase violence prevention efficacy and decrease violence-supporting beliefs. Degree to which objectives were met Participants confidence in preventing violence significantly (p<.001) increased, while beliefs and behaviors supporting violence significantly (p<.001) decreased. Implications for health education and/or Eta Sigma Gamma Bullied youth can experience negative physical and mental health issues, and decreased academic performance. Conclusion Violence and bullying prevention programs may be successfully integrated into afterschool programs.

Keywords: At-Risk Youth, Bullying Prevention, Afterschool Program, Violence Prevention, Integration

Topic(s):Health Science

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 9-3
Location: GEO - SUB
Time: 3:30

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