CDC Bullying Definition & Recommended Data Elements

From: Pent
Sent: Friday, May 01, 2015 2:26 PM
Subject: CDC Bullying Definition & Recommended Data Elements

Greetings PENT Cadre Members, Supporters, Champions, ListServ Members, and SELPA Directors,

Many of the children we support either are bullied or bully others. In a recent study, for example, in Virginia, with 12% eligibility, 35% of threats of violence are made by students with IEPs. What do we know about students with IEPs and bullying? Are the rates different or the same as threat rates?

There has been a large variation nationally in determining what behaviors are bullying, what is mean spirited teasing, what is just plain aggression. Achieving a nationwide definition has been a problem yet this is necessary in order to compare rates and apply laws and procedures.

Here is the link to a publication from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Bullying Surveillance Among Youths: Uniform Definitions for Public Health and Recommended Data Elements

Their consensus definition on bullying is gradually finding its way into school district practice as this is our best definition to date.

Please share this document widely.

My Best,

Diana Browning Wright
PENT Director


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