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The Life at School Project (1996-1999)

This project tracked children who bullied others, and were the victims of bullying, and provides insight into their thoughts and actions over a three-year period. In addition, the responses of parents have been recorded, including reports on how they responded to their children's experiences and how they wished authorities and schools would respond. The responsiveness of schools, as perceived by children and parents, has been of central importance in this study.

A program was developed in the Australian Capital Territory with primary school children to teach them to recognize bullying, to manage bullying problems, and to look after others who were encountering difficulties.

Key publications

Ahmed, E., Harris, N., Braithwaite, J. & Braithwaite, V.
Shame Management Through Reintegration. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2001. xiv + 375 pp.
(pdf book cover)

Ahmed, E.
Understanding bullying from a shame management perspective: Findings from a three-year follow-up study, Educational & Child Psychology 23(2) 2006: 25-39.
pdf version

Ahmed, E. & Braithwaite, V.
"What, me ashamed?": Shame management and school bullying, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency 40(10) 2004: 1-26.
(pdf version)

Ahmed, E. & Braithwaite, V.
Bullying and victimization: Cause for concern for both families and schools, Social Psychology of Education 7 2004: 35-54.
(pdf version)

Braithwaite, V.
Values and restorative justice in schools. In H. Strang & J. Braithwaite (eds) Restorative Justice: Philosophy to Practice. Ashgate, Aldershot, 2000: 121-144.

Braithwaite, V., Ahmed, E., Morrison, B. & Reinhart, M.
Researching the prospects for restorative justice practice in schools: The 'Life at School Survey' 1996-9. In L. Walgrave (ed) Repositioning Restorative Justice: Restorative Justice, Criminal Justice and Social Context. Willan Publishing, UK, 2003: 169-190.

Morrison, B.
Bullying and Victimisation in the Schools: A restorative approach, Trends and Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice 219. Australian Institute of Criminology, Canberra, 2002.




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