Description: The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP) was developed by Dr. Dan Olweus, a leading international bullying expert. The OBPP was designed for elementary through high school students and includes program components that address four distinct levels: school-level (e.g., assess bullying using the Olweus Bullying Questionnaire, create school rules targeting bullying behaviors), classroom-level (e.g., enforcement of school anti-bullying rules, meetings with parents), individual-level (e.g., individual interventions for students involved in bullying), and community-level (e.g., share bullying practices with community members). For more information regarding the program’s components and sequence, download the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program Scope and Sequence Report. An important initial step is to assess the readiness for implementing the OBPP, as well as the current bullying climate in your school. For more information on the assessments developed for the OBPP, see the preparation page on the publisher’s website. All program materials and assessment measures can be purchased through the publisher’s website. See the program materials page for more information.
It should be noted that the publishers recommend that program implementation should be discussed and planned with a Certified Olweus Trainer. A list of OBPP trainers by state can be found here.
Cost: The publisher recommends contacting a Prevention Sales Manager for a custom quote for your school. For purchasing inquiries, see the materials page. Prices listed below are an estimate and subject to change.
It is recommended that each teacher receive an OBPP Teacher Guide and that each Bullying Coordinating Committee member receive a copy of the OBPP Schoolwide Guide. Therefore, for a school with 500 students, 30 teachers, and 12 committee members, the total cost of the OBPP will be $3,007.15. However, the publisher states that, beyond the Olweus Bullying Questionnaire, the materials will be a one-time purchase.
Olweus Bullying Questionnaire (30 copies)
OBPP Schoolwide Guide with DVD/CD (1 copy)
OBPP Bullying Prevention Program Teacher Guide with DVD/CD (1 copy)
Other supplemental materials include:
Class Meetings that Matter: A Resource for Grades K-5
Class Meetings that Matter: A Resource for Grades 6-8
Class Meetings that Matter: A Resource for Grades 9-12
Class Meetings and Individual Interventions DVD Set
Class Meetings and Individual Interventions for High School
The publisher highly recommends training and consultation with a certified Olweus trainer. This training will include the selected Bullying Prevention Coordinating Committee members. For descriptions of the training objectives, typical committee members, and other information pertinent to the training involved in the OBPP, see the Frequently Asked Questions section.
Training costs vary across trainer and site. However, training cannot exceed $3,000 for a two-day training program ($1,500 for one year of phone consultations) and travel costs (e.g., lodging, airfare).
Schroeder, B. A., Messina, A., Schroeder, D., Good, K., Barto, S., Saylor, J., & Masiello, M. (2012). The implementation of a statewide bullying prevention program: Preliminary findings from the field and the importance of coalitions. Health Promotion Practice, 13, 489-495. doi:10.1177/1524839910386887
In the article from Schroeder et al. (2012), the OBPP was implemented across 70 schools and nearly 100,000 students in Pennsylvania. Using a pre-post research design, the authors found decreased self-reported bullying and more positive views of teacher responsiveness to bullying behaviors. In addition, the authors reported that these differences were often greater when schools had conducted two years of program implementation when compared to schools with only a single year of intervention. Thus, it is important that prevention and intervention efforts are continued and are not abandoned after one year of program implementation. However, given that the majority of the program’s materials are one-time purchases, this time requirement may be easier to implement than in other programs that require continued purchase of materials.