Wendy M. Craig, Queen’s University

Professor Psychology Kingston, Ontario craigw@queensu.ca Office: (613) 533-6000 ext. 36014

Bio/Research

In my program of research over the past 12 years, I have examined bullying problems from a developmental psychopathology perspective. I argue that this type of aggressive behaviour merits attention because it underlies many problems related to interpersonal violence in Canada. Bullying is a relat...

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Bio/Research

In my program of research over the past 12 years, I have examined bullying problems from a developmental psychopathology perspective. I argue that this type of aggressive behaviour merits attention because it underlies many problems related to interpersonal violence in Canada. Bullying is a relationship problem - it is the assertion of ________ (Pepler & Craig, 2000). With repeated bullying, the power relations between bullies and their victims become consolidated: bullies increase in power and victims lose power. In such a relationship, children who are being bullied become increasingly powerless to defend themselves. From a developmental perspective, the lessons learned in bullying within peer relationships generalize to other developmentally significant relationships. I have conducted a 7 year longitudinal study aimed at understanding the biological, psychological, and social factors related to bullying problems. In addition, I have conducted several intervention studies evaluating the effectiveness of programs to address bullying.

More recently, I am a co-leader of a national strategy addressing bullying where we are moving our scientific understanding of bullying into practise and evaluation. The goal of the PREVNet (Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence) to generate social-cultural change in Canada regarding power and aggression in relationships by providing National Organizations ________ h the research knowledge and capacity to adapt and disseminate scientific knowledge and technology to build awareness, change attitudes, assess the extent of bullying and victimization problems, implement evidenced-based strategies, and develop policies that support these activities. Through these partnerships between researchers, NGOs, and governments, the outcomes of improved understanding and practice will enhance social capital, promote mental and physical health, promote healthy relationships and school engagement, and prevent crime, and decrease bullying in Canada.



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