Evaluation of methods to prevent aggressive and bullying behaviors among children and adolescents in Japan

[Speaker] Osao, Masumi:1
[Co-author] Shimada, Hironori:2
1:Graduate School of Human Sciences, Waseda University (Japan), 2:Waseda University (Japan)

Bullying behavior has been identified and studied since the 1980s in Japan. Interventions to reduce bullying behavior in children and adolescents have included moral education and compassion education. However, from a behavioral theory understanding, bullying is seen as aggressive behavior and is an attempt to be in control. Thus, behavioral theory focused interventions have included anger control, acquisition of skills to replace the aggressive behavior, etc. In each case, individual differences are essential to consider to assessment for the interventions. Depending on the theoretical outlook, interventions were focused on either end of the bullying behavior. The point of intervention is to acquire behavioral repertoire which relied on functional assessment, and to take in consideration of Japanese cultural context. / In this session, we aimed to discuss the problem in adolescence including aggressive behavior from the point of behavioral theory. /
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