Bullying Interventions in Schools: Six Basic Approaches by Ken Rigby

By Ken Rigby

Outlines the prevailing equipment used to deal with bullying at school, describing while and the way every one procedure might be most sensible applied.

  • Addresses the six significant equipment of bullying intervention
  • Critically explores the reason, strengths, and barriers of every intervention
  • Evaluates efficacy and applicability of every intervention for various bullying events encountered within the tuition atmosphere
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The policeman may overpower the robber; the soldier may fire on the enemy; the teacher may exclude the unruly student from the classroom; the student may strike back at his tormentor – in these and many other cases there may be justification or at least partial justification for a show of aggression. Hence, we must insist that bullying is always unjustified aggression. We must also recognize the fact that what is or is not justified is to some degree culturally determined – and that even within a particular culture individuals may make different judgments.

Indd 26 7/5/2012 10:11:00 AM Preparing to Intervene 27 One can sometimes be too ready to identify as a case of bullying a conflict in which two people are engaged in a heated argument or quarrel and one is getting the worst of it. Harsh words may be said and the two may come to blows. One of them may eventually break off, feeling defeated. In a sense, an imbalance of power has been demonstrated. But this is not necessarily bullying. There has been a ‘fair fight’ and one of them has lost. One may reasonably counsel the combatants and suggest that they settle their differences in a more civilized way; but it is far from reasonable to identify the victor as the bully – unless he or she subsequently imposes unfairly and repeatedly on the other.

But for some it is not. It is, for example, often confused with aggression and with violence. Bullying Interventions in Schools: Six Basic Approaches, First Edition. Ken Rigby. © 2012 Ken Rigby. Published 2012 by Blackwell Publishing Ltd. indd 14 7/5/2012 10:10:27 AM A Brief Background to School Bullying 15 Bullying is aggression, but aggression as it occurs under particular circumstances. It can only occur when there is an imbalance of power between people; that is, when the person or persons acting aggressively are more powerful than the person or persons they are targeting.

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