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Olweus Bullying Prevention Program

Institute on Family & Neighborhood Life
2037 Barre Hall
Clemson, SC 29634
Contact Information
Jan Urbanski
Director, Safe & Humane Schools

Program Specifications


Prevention, Intervention

Age/Grade Level:

Elementary, Middle School





Target Settings:

Rural, Urban, Suburban, Inner City, Tribal

Target Groups:

Individuals, Clusters/Groups, School Wide

Other Participation Criteria:



The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program is a comprehensive research-based school program designed to prevent and reduce bully/victim problems among students in elementary, middle, and junior high schools (grades 3-10). School staff members are largely responsible for introducing and implementing the program, and their efforts are directed at changing norms for behavior and improving peer relations and the climate of the school. Core components of the program are implemented at the schoolwide level, the classroom level, the individual level, and the community level.

Program Descriptors Include:

Behavior Management/Discipline, Bullying/Violence, Community Collaboration, Family/Parental Involvement

Program Rating:

Strong Evidence

Starting Year:


Students Served Per Year:


Last Verified:

November 15th, 2017

Strategies for Locating Students:


Reenrolled Students with Disabilities:


Risk Factors

Program addresses the following:

Individual Factors

  • High-risk social behavior
  • Misbehavior
  • Early aggression

School Factors

  • School policies and practices
  • Teacher expectations

Protective Factors

Program promotes the following:


  • Presence and involvement of caring, supportive adults
  • Opportunities and rewards for pro-social involvement
  • Clear social norms
  • Good relationships with parents, peers, and teachers
  • Involvement with positive peer activities
  • Perception of support from adults and peers


  • Social competencies


  • Problem-solving skills


  • High expectations by community, family, school, and self
  • Optimistic

Program Resources

Annual Cost:

The annual cost range of the program is less than $25,000 or less than $500 per student.

Funding Sources Include:

Federal, State, Local/City/County, District, Foundations

Program Staff Includes:

Teachers, Counselors, Volunteers, Social Workers, SROs, Parents, School Administrators

Materials Used:

Media/CD/DVD, Instructional Texts/Manuals, Computer/Internet Based

Supporting/Partner Organizations:

Evaluation Information

Description of Program Impact:
In several US studies with diverse populations, the following findings have been obtained. In a study of middle school students in the rural southeastern US, in comparison to students in schools not implementing the program, there were significant reductions in the frequency with which students had bullied others (16%), and significant reductions in measures of delinquency, vandalism, school misbehavior, and sanctions for school misbehavior. In a study of inner-city elementary and middle schools in the northeastern US that used observational methods to examine bullying incident density (BID, bullying incidents per 100 student hours), researchers observed that BID decreased 45% afer four years after program implementation. In a study of suburban elementary schools in the western US, self-reported rates of being bullied decreased 21% after one year and 14% after two years. There also were significant decreases in students' reports of bullying others after one year (8%) and two years (17%) of program implementation. Researchers also observed increases in bullied students' propensities to tell a teacher about their experiences, students' perceptions that teachers try to stop bullying, teachers' perceptions that there were clear rules about bullying, and teachers' perceptions that they know how to respond to bullying that they observed or heard about.

How Evaluation Data Was Collected:
Data collected and analyzed at school/district level
Data collected and analyzed at state or organizational level
Outside experimental studies

Additional Evaluation Information: