Youth Voice Project: Student Insights Into Bullying and Peer Mistreatment Paperback – November 7, 2013
by Stan Davis (Author), Charisse L. Nixon (Author)
In the landmark Youth Voice Project research study, authors Stan Davis and Charisse L. Nixon add youth voices to the national debate about bullying and peer mistreatment. They surveyed more than 13,000 students in 31 schools in the United States to determine which actions were most helpful for bullied and mistreated youth. This book presents what they learned from those students and presents major new directions in effective bullying prevention work. This book presents a set of research-based, practical techniques for reducing the harm that bullying can do, building positive school wide behavior norms; increasing kind, inclusive behavior by peers; and addressing bias-focused bullying behavior. The book will help practitioners and policy makers listen to youth and improve their effectiveness in this crucial field. Students views of what works and doesn’t work in response to bullying are enlightening and sometimes surprising: When asked what made things better or worse in a bullying situation, youth reported that actions involving peer alliance and friendship made things better and that it was effective to access help from others. However, some classic adult advice for youth on bullying, such as telling them to stop and telling them how they're making you feel, actually made things worse more often than they helped youth.
Bridging the gap between research and practice, the text offers specific, workable suggestions for educators, administrators, parents, and all other stakeholders. Conclusions focus on ways to make schools safe, inclusive, and supportive environments for learning specifically, by promoting efforts to improve school connections, social equity, and what the authors call the Four Rs: respect, relationships, resiliency, and responsiveness.
Youth Voice Project is the game-changer the field of bullying prevention has needed for some time. It debunks many cultural adult mindsets about bullying and clarifies what really works to provide safety and belonging to our marginalized students in school. The data present a treasure trove of fresh ideas, directly from students, on how adults and students can work together to build caring school communities. --Chuck Saufler, lead trainer for bullying education, Maine Law and Civics Education Program, University of Maine School of Law
Stan Davis s signature insightfulness into the unique perspectives of young people, combined with Charisse Nixon s keen research skills and developmental expertise, has produced one of the most valuable research projects in this field in the last five years. --Elizabeth K. Englander, PhD, Director, Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center, Bridgewater State University
The Youth Voice Project gave us a true picture as to what strategies have actually helped students in cases of peer-to-peer aggression. The importance of this cannot be stressed enough as it is the students who are the eyes and ears of the school, and therefore they should be the ones to tell us what works and what doesn't. These findings are instrumental in moving forward with this work and in making the necessary modifications to some of our misguided beliefs. --Michelle B. MacPherson, Bullying Prevention Coordinator, Moncton school system, New Brunswick, Canada
About the Author
Stan Davis has worked as a child and family therapist in residential treatment, community mental health, and private practice. During his years as a therapist, he was active in building positive community support for targets of child abuse, rape, and domestic abuse. Stan became a school guidance counselor in the mid-1980s and began to focus on bullying prevention in the late 1990s. Stan trains educators, parents, and students nationwide in effective bullying prevention. He is a certified Olweus bullying prevention consultant and a founding member of the International Bullying Prevention Association. Stan has information online at Research Press and Stop Bullying Now for concerned parents and educators. Dr. Charisse L. Nixon received her PhD in developmental psychology from West Virginia University and is currently an associate professor of psychology at Penn State Erie. Her primary research interest focuses on all forms of peer mistreatment, including both relational and physical mistreatment. Charisse is currently studying effective prevention and intervention efforts designed to reduce peer mistreatment and its associated harm. Building students resiliency is a core tenet of her work. She continues to train educators and students throughout the United States and Canada. Charisse s work has been featured in many national venues, as well as published in several peer-reviewed journals. She is coauthor of the book Girls Wars: 12 Strategies That Will End Female Bullying.
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Research Press (November 7, 2013)
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 11 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)