Creating a peaceful school learning environment: A controlled study of an elementary school intervention to reduce violence

Stuart W. Twemlow, Peter Fonagy, Frank C. Sacco, Martin L. Gies, Richard Evans, Russell Ewbank

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Abstract

Objective: The impact of a manual-based antiviolence program on the learning climate in an elementary school over 4 years was compared with the outcome in a control school. Method: The two schools were matched for demographic characteristics. The intervention in the experimental school was based on zero tolerance for bullying; the control school received only regular psychiatric consultation. Disciplinary and academic achievement data were collected in both schools. Results: The experimental school showed significant reductions in discipline referrals and increases in scores on standardized academic achievement measures. Conclusions: A low-cost antiviolence intervention that does not focus on individual pathology or interfere with the educational process may improve the learning environment in elementary schools.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)808-810
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Psychiatry
Volume158
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2001
Externally publishedYes

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