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Classroom relationship qualities and social-cognitive correlates of defending and passive bystanding in school bullying in Sweden: A multilevel analysis
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Education, Teaching and Learning. Linköping University, Faculty of Educational Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9233-3862
Linköping University, Department of Computer and Information Science, Statistics. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Wayne State University.
University of Florida.
2017 (English)In: Journal of School Psychology, ISSN 0022-4405, E-ISSN 1873-3506Article in journal (Refereed) Accepted
Abstract [en]

Using the social-ecological and social cognitive theories as integrated guiding frameworks, the present study examined whether moral disengagement and defender self-efficacy at the individual level, and moral disengagement, quality of teacher–student relationships and quality of student–student relationships at the classroom level were associated with passive bystanding and defending in bullying situations. Participants were 900 Swedish students from 43 classrooms, ranging in age from 9 to 13 years. Multilevel regression analyses revealed that passive reactions by bystanders were associated with greater moral disengagement and less defender self-efficacy. Defending, in turn, was associated with less moral disengagement and greater defender self-efficacy and classroom student–student relationship quality. Furthermore, students who scored high in moral disengagement were even less prone to defend victims when the classroom student–student relationship quality was low, but more prone to act as defenders when the classroom student–student relationship quality was high. In addition, the negative association between defender self-efficacy and passive bystanding was stronger both in classrooms with higher student–student relationship quality and in those with lower class moral disengagement. Implications for prevention are discussed.

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Oxford: Pergamon Press, 2017.
Keyword [en]
bullying, classroom climate, bystander, self-efficacy, defender self-efficacy, defender behavior, defending, passive bystander, moral disengagement, teacher-student relationship, student-student relationship
Keyword [sv]
mobbning, åskådarbeteende, vittnesbeteende, moraliskt disengagemang, självtillit, lärar-elevrelationer, elev-elevrelationer, klassklimat, klassrumsklimat
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-135488DOI: 10.1016/j.jsp.2017.03.002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-135488DiVA: diva2:1082132
Available from: 2017-03-15 Created: 2017-03-15 Last updated: 2017-03-27Bibliographically approved

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