How to Help a Bully: Recommendations for Counseling the Proactive Aggressor

McAdams III, Charles R.; Schmidt, Christopher D.
December 2007
Professional School Counseling;Dec2007, Vol. 11 Issue 2, p120
Academic Journal
Initiatives to stop school bullying often prescribe counseling for the bullies. However, specific strategies for the counseling of bullies are not well defined. To succeed in stopping the aggressive behavior of bullies, school counselors must first understand the needs and motivations behind the behavior. This article distinguishes the characteristic type of aggression displayed by bullies--proactive aggression. Type-specific recommendations are presented for maximizing school counselors' effectiveness in their direct efforts to help bullies change.


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