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New book provides workable approaches for combating bullying

LA BioMed researcher co-authors 'Practical Strategies for Clinical Management of Bullying'

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IMAGE: Dr. Rashmi Shetgiri, LA BioMed researcher, is co-author of a book on combating bullying. view more

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LOS ANGELES - "Practical Strategies for Clinical Management of Bullying," a new book co-authored by Rashmi Shetgiri, MD, a Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute (LA BioMed) lead researcher, provides the latest findings about bullying and workable approaches for combating this social epidemic.

The new book examines links between bullying and mental health issues as well as the complex dynamics between the bully and those who are bullied, including situations where the bullies may have been victimized by others. It also examines the new challenges presented by youth involvement in social media.

"Our book seeks to help parents, clinicians, teachers and anyone who works with children to understand what causes bullying and what can be done to address it," said Dr. Shetgiri. "In writing this book, we balanced intervention and prevention with effective methods for helping victims and bullies heal."

Among the many matters addressed, "Practical Strategies for Clinical Management of Bullying" discusses the effects on bullying of whole-school interventions that involve students, teachers and administrators. It provides guidelines for clinicians in coordinating with children, parents, schools and the community, and it lists state statutes and federal anti-bullying efforts. In addition, it addresses bullying in special populations, parent strategies to reduce cyber-bullying and the best practices for promoting awareness and advocacy.

Dr. Shetgiri's research focuses on bullying and violence prevention among children and adolescents. She has been awarded grant funding by the National Institutes of Health for her research on Latino youth violence prevention and by the Academic Pediatric Association for her research on primary care based bullying prevention. She conducts health services research and community-based research to address racial/ethnic disparities in child health and to improve the health of Latino children. She also collaborates on research to examine the impact of language and cultural issues on children's health.

Dr. Shetgiri co-authored the book with Dorothy Espelage and Leslie Carroll. Springer published the book.

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Founded in 1952, LA BioMed is one of the country's leading nonprofit independent biomedical research institutes. It has approximately 100 principal researchers conducting studies into improved diagnostics and treatments for cancer, inherited diseases, infectious diseases, illnesses caused by environmental factors and more. It also educates young scientists and provides community services, including prenatal counseling and childhood nutrition programs. LA BioMed is academically affiliated with the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and located on the campus of Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. For more information, please visit http://www.LABioMed.org

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