A1 Journal article – refereed
A Large-Scale Evaluation of the KiVa Antibullying Program: Grades 4-6

List of Authors: Karna A, Voeten M, Little TD, Poskiparta E, Kaljonen A, Salmivalli C
Publication year: 2011
Journal: Child Development
Journal name in source: CHILD DEVELOPMENT
Journal acronym: CHILD DEV
Number in series: 1
Volume number: 82
Issue number: 1
ISSN: 0009-3920

This study demonstrates the effectiveness of the KiVa antibullying program using a large sample of 8,237 youth from Grades 4-6 (10-12 years). Altogether, 78 schools were randomly assigned to intervention (39 schools, 4,207 students) and control conditions (39 schools, 4,030 students). Multilevel regression analyses revealed that after 9 months of implementation, the intervention had consistent beneficial effects on 7 of the 11 dependent variables, including self- and peer-reported victimization and self-reported bullying. The results indicate that the KiVa program is effective in reducing school bullying and victimization in Grades 4-6. Despite some evidence against school-based interventions, the results suggest that well-conceived school-based programs can reduce victimization.

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