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Your child : bully or victim? : understanding and ending school yard tyranny
Sheras, Peter L.
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New York : Fireside, [2002]

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xii, 224 pages ; 22 cm
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"A Skylight Press book."
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Suggests ways that can help minimize bullying in schools by identifying characteristics of the bully and the victim, providing topics for communication among children of various ages, and encouraging schools to curb the problem.

Author Notes

Peter L. Sheras is a clinical psychologist and professor in the Curry Programs in Clinical and School Psychology at the University of Virginia. He is associate director of the Virginia Youth Violence Project at the University and director of the local School Crisis Network. As an expert in school intervention and youth violence he develops and evaluates intervention programs for schools, parents and communities. He has been in private practice for twenty-five years.

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Library Journal Review

Until relatively recently, most people probably believed that bullying was undesirable but inevitable. In this insightful yet easy-to-read handbook, Sheras challenges such myths and presents an action plan to improve the social climate among youth. Drawing on research and clinical practice, he reviews basic concepts related to aggression and the dynamics of a wide range of childhood abuse, from physical and verbal harassment to online "flaming." He then suggests communication techniques suited to serious discussions with children of various ages and ways to foster peacekeeping behavior. Specific tools to use against bullying are highlighted in the text, including coping mechanisms for hostile encounters at school and on the bus, strategies for confronting the parents of bullies, and legal, therapeutic, and community remedies. A clinician and professor of clinical/social psychology at the University of Virginia, Sheras clearly addresses his realistic but hopeful message to parents. However, the book would also be useful for school officials and others concerned about the damaging effects of aggressive behavior. Highly recommended for public library parenting collections, where it would complement Dan Olweus's acclaimed Bullying at School: What We Know and What We Can Do. Antoinette Brinkman, MLS, Evansville, IN (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Roots of Aggression
The Trouble with Bullying
Is It Human Nature?
The Dynamics of Abuse
What You Think You Know
What You Can Do
Chapter 2 ""Kids will be Kids"" And Other Myths About Bullying
How Bullying Works
Who Gets Involved
Fight or Flight? How to Respond
The Trouble with Myths
Chapter 3 Bullying: Who, What, When, Where
Is This Bullying?
Who Becomes a Bully
Who Becomes a Victim
Where and When It Happens
Teaching Your Child to Recognize Bullying
Chapter 4 Is my Child a Victim?
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