Dr. Shane Jimerson of the Gevirtz School at UC Santa Barbara has just published The Handbook of Bullying in Schools: An International Perspective (Routledge, 2010) with co-editors Susan Swearer of the University of Nebraska and Dorothy Espelage of the University of Illinois. Bullying has been documented and studied in countries around the world. Bullying is not a part of normative development for children and adolescents and should be considered a precursor to more serious aggressive behaviors. Moreover, the culmination of more than a decade of research indicates that bullying may seriously affect the psychosocial functioning, academic work, and the health of children who are targeted.
The Handbook of Bullying in Schools: An International Perspective provides a comprehensive review and analysis of what is known about the worldwide bullying phenomena. It is the first volume to systematically review and integrate what is known about how cultural and regional issues affect bullying behavior and its prevention. It draws on insights from scholars around the world to advance our understanding of theoretical and empirical foundations for understanding bullying, assessment and measurement of bullying, and research-based prevention and intervention methods.
“Bullying is a serious issue for children and educational professionals in countries around the world,” Jimerson highlights. “This handbook shares the contemporary state-of-the-science related to understanding and preventing bullying. Leading scholars and practitioners from numerous countries provide information and insights regarding innovative initiatives to prevent bullying.”
In addition to international scholars, the handbook also includes chapters from other UCSB Gevirtz School scholars, including Dr. Michael Furlong, Dr. Erika Felix, and Dr. Jill Sharkey.
Dr. Jimerson is a Professor in the Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology at UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School. Jimerson continues to engage in leadership activities at the state, national, and international levels, advocating for children and bringing science to practice to promote the social and cognitive competence of children.
Additional information about The Handbook of Bullying in Schools: An International Perspective is available at:
[Shane Jimerson is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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