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Am J Psychiatry. 2001 May;158(5):808-10.

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

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  • 1Child and Family Center, The Menninger Clinic, Topeka, USA. Stuart.Twemlow@Austenriggs.net

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.

PMID:
11329408
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