Peer Support at Schools: The Buddy Approach as a Prevention and Intervention Strategy for School Bullying

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Abstract

Previous research has shown that peer support could positively impact children’s school experience and well-being and could function as school-bullying intervention and prevention. This qualitative study aimed to highlight the ‘Buddy Approach’ and provide insight into the positive impact it can have on both the young mentors and the mentees. A total of twenty-nine participants, divided between student mentees (n=19), and student mentors (n=10) took part in a series of semi-structured interviews, where open-ended questions related to the efficacy of the ‘Buddy Approach’. Based on the finding, the buddy approach is valued by both mentees and mentors and is pivotal in supporting students in promoting a sense of friendship, safety, belonging, and protection, while also building a sense of responsibility, satisfaction, and pride. The buddy approach could potentially be used as an early prevention and intervention strategy for school bullying. Limitations and implications are discussed in detail.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)111-123
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Bullying Prevention
Early online date26 Feb 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2019

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