The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program: An Overview of its Implementation and Research Basis
The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP) is a schoolwide program designed to reduce bullying among students in elementary, middle, and junior high grades. Program components are described at the schoolwide, classroom, individual, and community levels. Large-scale evaluations of the program in Norway have shown marked reductions in bullying, as well as improvements in school climate. Evaluations of the OBPP in diverse public schools in the United States are described. Results in these settings have not produced uniformly positive results, but they have shown program eff ects in reduction of selfreported bullying and engagement in antisocial behavior. Directions for future research are discussed.