On a daily basis, 20-30% of children and adolescents experience some form of bullying. Because of these growing numbers, the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention became a pilot site for implementation of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP) in Cambria County, Pennsylvania in 1999.
To date, the CHPDP has organized and supported the implementation of Olweus’ program-related activities in approximately 400 schools, reaching over 210,000 children. Because we were at the forefront of bullying prevention, Pennsylvania has become a national model for the development of this program and has become the largest implementation of OBPP in the United States.
If your school is interested in on-site training and coordination of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, please contact us for more information or to schedule a consultation. We have over 10 years of experience implementing such programs and evaluating the cost-benefit analysis of their implementation.
For many years, Americans have had a shorter life expectancy than people in almost all of the peer countries. Increasingly, more Americans are dying from violence, including from firearms, which are highly lethal and more available in the United States than in peer countries. In fact, among industrial countries, the U.S. firearm-related death rate is double that of the next highest country.
We believe the relationship between violence and mental health requires further research and attention. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, one in five children or adolescents has a mental health “condition”1. Of those children, 70% do not receive treatment.
Failure to diagnose and treat these mental health conditions impacts the child’s life and society as a whole. In fact, research by the the National Institute of Mental Health estimates that an “alarming 65 percent of boys and 75 percent of girls in juvenile detention have at least one mental illness.”2
Our violence prevention research and programs have focused on educating others on child abuse, sexual assault, firearm safety, child and teen injury prevention, and other related areas.
- Highmark Foundation Bullying Prevention Institute
- Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP)
- Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention Center
- International Bullying Prevention Association
1 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General. Rockville, MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Mental Health, 1999.
2 Teplin, L. Archives of General Psychiatry, Vol. 59, December 2002.