01/02/2011 05:26 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Ending Bullying In Schools Is An Inexact Science, Research Shows

Fixing school bullying isn't simple.

That's what research is revealing about anti-bullying school programs, according to The Boston Globe.

"antibullying programs have shown, at best, mixed results, and what has worked in one school has not always worked in another."

Despite the fact that most approaches against bullying are still far from perfect, it's evident that some type of action is needed to correct the problem, according to this NPR report.


Alan Eisenberg, founder of the Bullying Stories website, told NPR:

"Well, what I found was that, as I got older and we had moved away, things had happened that, during those six years of relentless bullying, formed who I feel like, I ended up becoming and some of my personality traits and some of the problems I had in terms of coping mechanisms."

While there are many different types of programs and approaches to reduce bullying in schools, the most popular and widely used is perhaps the Norwegian Olweus Bullying Prevention Program. Although this program has had positive results in Norway, it's generated varying results here in the United States.

According to The Boston Globe, field researchers have found common elements among successful antibullying school programs, such as the relationship between the duration of the program and its success, cultivating parental involvement, increased playground supervision and firm disciplinary rules for bullies.

Dr. Jorge Srabstein, medical director at the Children's National Medical Center, told NPR:

"children and adolescents involved in bullying suffer a wide spectrum of physical and emotional symptoms: depression, irritability, anxiety, sleeping problems, headaches and stomach aches - those that are victims, those that are victimizers, and about all those who are both perpetrators and victims."

And he also added about the long term-effects that could be caused by school bullying:

"The problem with this correlation is that bullying is, as was said before, it's very prevalent across all different social settings and among all along the life span. So it's difficult to say if what happens in adulthood is absolutely linked to what happened in childhood and adolescence and/or ongoing situations that may be happening in adulthood at the workplace, for instance, in the home, and in other social settings."

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