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(p. 288) The Mental Health Consequences of Antibullying Policies 

(p. 288) The Mental Health Consequences of Antibullying Policies
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(p. 288) The Mental Health Consequences of Antibullying Policies
Author(s):

Mark L. Hatzenbuehler

, Jennifer Hirsch

, Richard Parker

, Constance Nathanson

, and Amy Fairchild

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780199950706.003.0023
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date: 19 November 2019

Bullying has emerged in the public discourse as a problem that warrants a policy response. In this chapter, we review the (limited) empirical evidence examining whether antibullying policies reduce bullying and mental health problems, including suicide attempts. We focus in particular on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth. In addition to discussing methodological approaches and challenges in conducting research on this topic, we highlight multiple directions for future research, including utilizing designs that afford the ability to establish clearer causal inferences and identifying mediators and moderators of the relationship between antibullying policies and mental health. Finally, we also argue for the importance of an interdisciplinary, multi-method approach to the study of antibullying policies and mental health.

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