Developmental and Social Contexts of Bullying and Violence: Implications for Prevention and Intervention
Professor Todd Herrenkohl, Distinguished Visiting Research Fellow from the University of Washington, spoke on the topic of 'Developmental and Social Contexts of Bullying and Violence' at the National School of Psychology colloquium which was attended by staff, students and representatives from the Catholic Education Office and the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood. The presentation reviewed research on the risks and consequences of bullying and violence, focusing particularly on 'cycle of violence' hypotheses. Models of prevention and intervention programs to reduce violence and promote resilience in young people were discusssed.
Bullying in schools occurs with alarming frequency and is a leading public health problem for which a systematic approach to prevention is required. Research shows that those who bully - and those who are bullied - are less well adjusted, have higher levels of conduct problems, and are less well adjusted emotionally. To prevent bullying and other conduct problems in youth, researchers seek to identify risk and protective factors that can serve as targets for intervention.
A collaborator of the Senior Proven Researcher Team led by Professor Sheryl Hemphill, Professor Herrenkohl's work focuses on the development and prevention of youth violence, consequences of family violence for children, and resilience in vulnerable youth and families.