Archive for January, 2013

Thank You!

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

beating the bullyIt has been a pleasure to be writing “Beating the Bully” this past year! Sadly, it has come to an end for the blog but I hope not for all our efforts to combat this issue. 2012 was the year bullying and it’s impact on our lives came into the foreground. There was an international dialogue about how to address bullying, how bullying has affected our children, ourselves and how we differentiate between bullying and normative conflict between young people. 

While there have been no easy answers to solve this pervasive problem the attention bullying has gotten in new research about the psychology of bullying, in the news and mass media is a start.

Thank you for reading the blog and I hope to (virtually) meet you all again in the future!

Girl in the park photo available from Shutterstock


Archive: Mean Girls Mean Chronic Disease

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

“Beating the Bully” will be taking a holiday break until January. I’ll be reposting some of the most popular articles from the past year until then. Happy holidays! 

mean girlYou may have seen my post on the long term health risks related to bullying  over the summer. A new study by Michael Murphy of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, has linked repeated experiences of teen rejection to a decrease in strength in one’s immune system.  The study focused on teen-aged girls and not surprisingly. While many students discuss bullying this type  - social rejection or what I’d call relational aggression - is most commonly reported among girls; I often call it the Mean Girls mentality when working with teens.


Archive: Bullying and Beer: The Relationship Between Bullying and Early Substance Use

Friday, January 4th, 2013

“Beating the Bully” will be taking a holiday break until January. I’ll be reposting some of the most popular articles from the past year until then. Happy holidays! 

Through the school-based substance abuse prevention work we offer at Freedom Institute  I constantly connect the dots bullying and substance abusebetween bullying and early substance use. How are two seemingly separate topics woven in together? Bullying behavior, like early substance use, can be viewed as a means for young people to gain social status, manage feelings, and indicate that a young person may need more parental attention. 

When I meet with students we discuss why young people may resort to either behavior (depending on the topic of the day) to get their emotional needs met. The we delineate together  what other, healthier, ways young people can get these needs met to prevent resorting to behavior that can harm themselves or others. As is the case with early substance use, bullying prevention efforts focus on increasing the already current protective factors in a young person’s life. 


Archive: How to Spot a Bully, a Tool for Educators and Mental Health Care Professionals

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

“Beating the Bully” will be taking a holiday break until January. I’ll be reposting some of the most popular articles from the past year until then. Happy holidays! 

If I had to identify the biggest challenge for those of us who work with young people is helping students identify bullying behavior and coming up with solutionsElsbeth Martindale, PsyD, has created a wonderful tool, How to Spot a Bully card deck. Dr. Martindale reached out to me (and was generous enough to send me a deck for my review). I was so impressed with How to Spot a Bully I wanted to share my thoughts with all of you. 


 

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