Child Psychiatry & Human Development

, Volume 45, Issue 4, pp 433–442 | Cite as

A Review of Bullying Prevention and Intervention in South Korean Schools: An Application of the Social–Ecological Framework

  • Jun Sung HongEmail author
  • Chang-Hun Lee
  • Jungup Lee
  • Na Youn Lee
  • James Garbarino
Substantive/Theoretical Review


School bullying is a serious social problem that results in potentially severe and long lasting consequences for youth, parents, teachers, and school officials. Commensurate with the serious nature and outcomes of bullying, there has been a number of bullying prevention and intervention programs and measures in schools. The current review provides a synthesis and evaluation of the existing research on bullying prevention and intervention strategies in South Korean schools, set within Bronfenbrenner’s social–ecological contexts, including the micro- (i.e., family, peer, school), meso- (i.e., family–school), and macro- (i.e., religion, policies) systems. We also discuss the strengths and limitations of the research reviewed and provide directions for future research focusing on major empirical gaps in the literature on bullying prevention and intervention strategies in South Korea.


Bullying Intervention School South Korea Youth 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jun Sung Hong
    • 1
    Email author
  • Chang-Hun Lee
    • 2
  • Jungup Lee
    • 3
  • Na Youn Lee
    • 4
  • James Garbarino
    • 5
  1. 1.School of Social WorkWayne State UniversityDetroitUSA
  2. 2.Department of Police AdministrationHannam UniversityDaejeonRepublic of Korea
  3. 3.College of Social WorkFlorida State UniversityTallahasseeUSA
  4. 4.School of Social WorkUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA
  5. 5.Department of PsychologyLoyola University ChicagoChicagoUSA

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