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Educational Psychology in Practice;29(4)
Taylor and Francis
The aim of this study was to investigate how bullied schoolchildren experience solution-focused brief therapy support groups, and to examine how members of the support group experience their participation in the group. An explorative qualitative design, with individual and focus group interviews, was used. The sample consisted of 19 schoolchildren, aged 12–13 years, three of whom were bullied. Six individual interviews were conducted with the bullied children and three focus group interviews were held with the support groups. The bullied children reported that the bullying stopped after they received help from the support group and the improvements remained after three months. Their daily lives at school changed and they felt safer and happier and made friends. Members of the support groups reported that they were doing a meaningful job in helping the victims. It is important that school nurses, educational psychologists and teachers, together with parents, follow up bullied children, to prevent further bullying
This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Kvarme, L.G., Aabø, L.S. & Sæteren B. (2013). I feel I mean something to someone: solution-focused brief therapy support groups for bullied schoolchildren. Educational Psychology in Practice, 29(4), 416-431. doi:10.1080/0266763.2013.859569 [copyright Taylor & Francis], available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/0266763.2013.859569.