Bullying: A School Mental Health Perspective

  • Susan M. SwearerEmail author
  • Cixin Wang
  • Adam Collins
  • Jenna Strawhun
  • Scott Fluke
Part of the Issues in Clinical Child Psychology book series (ICCP)


This chapter focuses on the issue of bullying, which has grown as a significant concern among school personnel, students, and parents in the past few decades. The literature on school disciplinary procedures, social-emotional learning approaches, positive behavioral interventions and supports, and cognitive-behavioral treatment for aggressive behavior are reviewed and form the foundation for an individualized mental health assessment and treatment approach for working with students who bully others. This chapter provides a framework for bullying as a mental health issue and emphasizes the importance of schools, communities, and families working together in order to create a culture where bullying is not rewarded, supported, nor accepted. We describe the Target Bullying Intervention Program (T-BIP), which was designed to evaluate and address the mental health issues that may be underlying bullying behaviors.


Oppositional Defiance Disorder Cognitive Distortion Bully Behavior Aggressive Youth Scholastic Competence 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Susan M. Swearer
    • 1
    Email author
  • Cixin Wang
    • 2
  • Adam Collins
    • 1
  • Jenna Strawhun
    • 1
  • Scott Fluke
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Educational PsychologyUniversity of Nebraska – LincolnLincolnUSA
  2. 2.Kennedy Krieger InstituteBaltimoreUSA

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