Research guides our decision making, program development and implementation in schools. We have reviewed the research on school shootings. Psychologist Dewey Cornell, PhD has identified three pathways to violence.
Mental ILLNESS (Psychotic)
ANTISOCIAL BEHAVIOR (BULLYING)
Violence-prevention scholars argue many prevention programs are limited because they only address one problem (Hamby & Grych, 2013, Kidron & Osher, 2012). Addressing mental illness will reduce suffering but it will not increase empathy and character. Focusing solely on bullying-prevention may decrease harmful bullying behaviors, but it will not increase caring behavior (e.g., helping, supporting, looking out for others). Preventing fights and arguments between peers may reduce conflict, but it will not build connection.
Each of these pathways can be addressed with a school-based program that promotes the positive. Our programs empower students to:
Promote Mental HEALTH
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