Publication Date

Spring 2020

Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Sarah Ochs (Director), Carl Myers, and Adam Lockwood

Degree Program

Department of Psychology

Degree Type

Specialist in Education


Youth bullying has gained national attention in recent years and is continuing throughout our educational systems. With technology advancing, students are now faced with an increased chance of being bullied inside and/or outside of school. As members of the school system, children need preventive supports to address this growing issue. Although a large amount of research has focused on bullying prevention programs in middle and high school, this review specifically looks at the prevention of school bullying during a child’s elementary years (e.g., Kindergarten through fifth grade). Failure to address school bullying as young as elementary school-age can have harmful effects on a student’s education and mental health.

This project is a systematic review of evidence-based bullying prevention programs and their effectiveness among elementary school-aged children. From selected databases, the following search terms were used: “Evidence-based,” “Bullying prevention programs,” and “Elementary Schools” or “Kindergarten,” “first grade,” “second grade,” “third grade,” “fourth grade,” “fifth grade.” All empirical articles that meet inclusionary criteria were presented one-by-one followed by a synthesis of the literature found. This synthesis will guide recommendations for practice and future research.


Educational Psychology | Psychology | School Psychology