The role of elementary school counselors in reducing school bullying

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In this article, I review the literature on school bullying with an emphasis on elementary schools. Bullying is defined and described, 3 types of bullying are discussed, and the importance of relational bullying is emphasized. I review existing programs to reduce bullying with attention to empirical studies. Barriers to implementation of effective programs are acknowledged. Given the expertise and role of elementary school counselors, they are in a unique position to be leaders in reducing school bullying, a view that is consistent with the American School Counseling Association national model for professional school counseling. I suggest ways in which school counselors can have a significant influence on school bullying, outline implications of research for best practice, and discuss the need for future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)362-375
Number of pages14
JournalElementary School Journal
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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