Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The incidence of bullying is on the rise and if not resolved at the earliest it can lead to mental health problems in later adulthood. The main objective of this study is to create a practical and workable intervention for aggressive behavior among Bullies and develop an Assertiveness Programme for the victims of Bullying in the schools. 120 Middle School (Classes 6,7 and 8), studying in an elite school in a metropolitan city were equally divided randomly into an Experimental Group and a Control Group. There were 2 experimental Groups consisting of 30 students each. The main difference was that the Experimental Group 1 consisted of students exhibiting Aggressive Behavior in excess, while the Experimental group 2 consisted of Students who were victims of Bullying. The Experimental Group1 underwent one year of intensive Group Therapy, Psychodrama and Counseling Sessions towards reducing Aggressive Behavior, while Experimental Group 2 underwent Assertiveness Training. Experimental Group 1 was assessed on an 11 item Self Report Aggression Scale (Orpinas. P and Frankowski. R) Before and after therapy. The Experimental Group 2 was assessed on a 20 item Assertiveness Formative Questionnaire (Erickson, A.S. & Noonan, P. M. 2018). Also teacher ratings about the Aggression and Assertiveness displayed by these students were sought before and after therapy sessions. The results indicate marked difference targeted in self report aggression scores and teacher ratings for aggression after therapy. Also there was a marked increase in Assertiveness among the Experimental Group 2. This leads to a conclusion that a multipronged effort to tackle bullying is required in the schools today.
Bullying, Aggressive Behavior, Assertiveness, Group Therapy, Psychodrama, Counseling
Sudha. R "GROUP THERAPY, PSYCHODRAMA, ASSERTIVENESS TRAINING AND COUNSELING FOR BULLYING AMONG MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS IN INDIA" Iconic Research And Engineering Journals Volume 3 Issue 1 2019 Page 206-220
Sudha. R "GROUP THERAPY, PSYCHODRAMA, ASSERTIVENESS TRAINING AND COUNSELING FOR BULLYING AMONG MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS IN INDIA" Iconic Research And Engineering Journals, 3(1)