A large-scale evaluation of the KiVa antibullying program: grades 4-6

Child Dev. Jan-Feb 2011;82(1):311-30. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8624.2010.01557.x.

Abstract

This study demonstrates the effectiveness of the KiVa antibullying program using a large sample of 8,237 youth from Grades 4-6 (10-12 years). Altogether, 78 schools were randomly assigned to intervention (39 schools, 4,207 students) and control conditions (39 schools, 4,030 students). Multilevel regression analyses revealed that after 9 months of implementation, the intervention had consistent beneficial effects on 7 of the 11 dependent variables, including self- and peer-reported victimization and self-reported bullying. The results indicate that the KiVa program is effective in reducing school bullying and victimization in Grades 4-6. Despite some evidence against school-based interventions, the results suggest that well-conceived school-based programs can reduce victimization.

Publication types

  • Multicenter Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aggression / psychology
  • Awareness
  • Bullying / psychology*
  • Child
  • Child Behavior Disorders / prevention & control*
  • Child Behavior Disorders / psychology*
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy / methods*
  • Crime Victims / psychology
  • Curriculum
  • Empathy
  • Female
  • Finland
  • Group Processes
  • Health Education / methods*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Program Evaluation
  • Role Playing
  • Self Efficacy
  • Social Behavior*
  • Social Facilitation
  • Social Support
  • Video Games