On November 4, 2013, Diana Schroeder presented a poster titled “Evaluation of a Large Scale Multiyear Bullying Prevention Program in Pennsylvania” at the American Public Health Association’s annual conference. (Poster prepared by Allison Messina).
This poster presentation highlighted the key findings of the largest coordinated implementation and evaluation of a bullying prevention program in the United States. The poster focused on the 2008-2010 outcomes from the CHPDP’s multi-year, public health, bullying prevention initiative. It reported on data from over 70,000 students in grades 3-12 from 194 Pennsylvania schools who completed a 2008 baseline assessment, and the 63,843 students who completed the follow up assessment two years later. Multi-level analyses revealed that after at least 18 months of implementation, there were significant decreases in students’ reports of being bullied and bullying others. Students were less willing to join in bullying another and more likely to try to help a bullied student. Significant increases were also observed with regard to students’ perceptions that teachers and other adults helped to stop bullying. As a result of this program, thousands of Pennsylvania school children have experienced a safer school environment.
If you would like more information regarding this presentation, please contact Allison Messina: A.Messina@wriwindber.org