What Part Do Extracurricular Activities Play In School Violence?


ScienceDaily (Apr. 24, 2009) — In most movies about high school, the student council president, the so-called “band geek” or the kid who stays after school for math club often fall victim to the teasing and bullying of the popular students or “jocks.”

But according to a new study from a Temple University graduate student, those “jocks” may want to stay away from the student council president and the member of the glee club.

That’s because Maureen Dzanis, an Educational Psychology graduate student in Temple University’s College of Education, has foundthat while such students are still most likely to be bullied by athletes or others in an urban school district, they’re also most likely to be the ones doing the bullying.

Dzanis, who conducted the research through the Institute for Student Success at Temple, surveyed 1,203 students as part of a grant application for an urban school district’s Safe Schools/Healthy Students initiative. Among the questions she asked were questions about extracurricular activities such as athletics and student council, and safety. Full story.

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