Jewish Bullies: The Dynamics of Bullying, Prevention and Intervention at two Jewish Day Schools

By Shira Tal Landau

Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion School of Jewish Communal Service, April 2011

There is widespread agreement that there are significant short-term and long-term psychological effects of being involved in bullying as either the target or aggressor. Sadly, our Jewish days schools are not immune to this serious problem. This paper uses a mixed quantitative and qualitative approach to explore the prevalence, nature and attitudes towards bullying at two Jewish private schools in the Los Angeles area. It also analyzes the measures that the administration, at both schools, has put in place to prevent and intervene with bullying and victimization. The research reveals a complicated picture. Administrators, at both schools, are seriously committed to preventing bullying and taking measures that are in line with best practices in bullying research. There are also some gaps in their approach, and these are addressed in the recommendation sections of this paper. The survey of the students revealed that bullying is in fact taking place at both schools. The number of self-identified targets hovers just under fifty percent, while the number of students who report witnessing bullying is much greater. The bullying, however, is relatively moderate and there appears to be a significant base of students that empathize with the targets of bullying and disapprove of bullying behavior. The picture is complicated by the fact that the bullies at both schools are considered "popular" and that the students perceive the teachers as being unaware of most of the bullying that takes place. This paper concludes with a set of recommendations for Jewish days schools interested in addressing the problem of bullying as well Jewish organizations and foundations invested in supporting Jewish days schools in this important task.

Topic: Youth, Educators, Violence, Day Schools, Education, Teachers

Name of Publication: HUC-JIR School of Jewish Nonprofit Management (formerly School of Jewish Communal Service) Masters Theses

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Genre: Thesis

Coverage: Los Angeles, California , United States

Language: English

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Landau, Shira Tal. Jewish Bullies: The Dynamics of Bullying, Prevention and Intervention at two Jewish Day Schools. HUC-JIR School of Jewish Nonprofit Management (formerly School of Jewish Communal Service) Masters Theses. Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion School of Jewish Communal Service. April 2011: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=11692


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