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What could be done to support pupils who are being bullied?

Some studies have looked at the effect assertiveness training has had on children who are bullied and have found that it does help them. One of the most important benefits of the training is that it provides the children with new and more positive ways of handling and responding to a bullying situation. It also gives them the opportunity to try out their responses (for example through role play) in a safe and supportive environment, to become more comfortable with them. Another very important benefit of the training is that it increases the self-esteem and confidence of the participants.
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Article details

S Sharp and H Cowie (1994) 'Empowering Children to Take Positive Action Against Bullying', chapter in the book 'School Bullying: insights and perspectives', edited by P Smith and S Sharp: Routledge, London.
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Helen CowieAuthor details

Helen Cowie is research professor in the European Institute of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Surrey. She is also director of the UK Observatory for the Promotion of Non-Violence and Co-ordinator of Violence in Schools Training Action (VISTA). She has published many books and papers on peer relationships and support, bullying in schools and in the workplace and the mental health of children and young people.

For information about her research interests and her publications please go here. She may be contacted by email.
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