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Anti-bullying and behaviour: The power of emotional intelligence

Paying attention to students’ emotional intelligence can help to reduce anti-social behaviour and bullying and can improve relationships. In the first of two articles, Dr Mandy Shaw, Graham Moore and Vaughan Clarke explain


Approaches which address emotional intelligence have the potential to impact positively on bullying in schools, as well as reducing anti-social behaviour in communities, by improving relationships among young people. In this two-part article, we would like to consider how giving young people space to reflect on their attitudes towards others and how they view themselves and their futures can help to address bullying.

Attention given to school bullying has risen exponentially in recent decades. Since the early work of Dan Olweus in Sweden in the 1960s/70s, academic research has addressed everything from the different human actors involved in bullying incidents, most recently the role of bystanders, to the diverse approaches employed to tackle bullying.

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