Systems Within Systems: Putting Program Implementation in Organizational Context

Posted October 1, 2003. The featured article in this issue of Prevention & Treatment, “Predicting Teachers' and Schools' Implementation of the Olweus Program: A Multilevel Study” by J. Kallestad & D. Olweus (see record 2003-09567-002), serves 2 important purposes for the field of prevention. This article serves to introduce the Kallestad and Olweus article, as well as the commentaries which accompany it in this journal issue. First, the Kallestad and Olweus article provides a review of the literature and a further study of one of the best-known programs aimed at preventing violence in the schools. The Olweus program has its roots in research on bully-victim problems in Sweden in the early '60s and '70s, and then later inspired a nationwide victim campaign in Norwegian comprehensive schools in the mid-1980s. In the lead article in this series, Kallestad and Olweus present a history of the development of the program and a review of the literature, which has emerged from its program of intervention development and evaluation. A second major contribution of their paper, however, is a study of the implementation of the Olweus program in a multilevel context. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2007 APA, all rights reserved)