Review by Choice Review
Bullying is an important issue for children and young adults, deserving of the attention that it has recently received. Mishna (social work, Univ. of Toronto) attempts to present a broad picture of the problem, stressing that it is a worldwide phenomenon. The author favors an ecological approach, looking at the various micro and macro systems that affect particular situations in terms of personal and social relationships. She cites many sources and includes case studies demonstrating some successful interventions. But though her attempt is laudable, the author fails to examine any of the issues in depth. Much of the material is repetitious because Mishna emphasizes similar points in each of the separate topics she addresses. Books such as Bullying, Rejection and Peer Victimization: A Social Cognitive Neuroscience Perspective, ed. by Monica Harris (CH, Nov'09, 47-1712), and Cyber Bullying: Protecting Kids and Adults from Online Bullies, by Samuel McQuade, James Colt, and Nancy Meyer (CH, Oct'09, 47-1144), are more effective because they are more focused and do not attempt to be as all inclusive. The bibliography is extensive, indicating the wide-ranging literature on the subject. Summing Up: Optional. Comprehensive collections. S. Sugarman emerita, Bennington College,Vermont State Colleges
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