Bullying Intervention in Adolescence: The Intersection of Legislation, Policies, and Behavioral Change

Susan M. Swearer, Meredith Martin, Marc Brackett, Raul A. Palacios

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This article reviews current research on bullying during adolescence. The complexity of bullying behaviors during the adolescent time period are discussed and a review of the developmental literature on adolescence provides suggestions for why current bullying prevention and intervention programs are less effective for this age group. Current anti-bullying policies and legislation are reviewed under a framework of adolescent brain development and the development of consequential thinking. Suggestions for implementing social-emotional learning programming during the adolescent period are provided and a novel approach using social media is presented. In order to effectively combat bullying during this developmental period, programming must focus of positive behavioral development and restorative practices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)23-35
Number of pages13
JournalAdolescent Research Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2017



  • Adolescence
  • Bullying
  • Social-emotional learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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