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Bullying bystander behaviors: The role of coping effectiveness and the moderating effect of gender
Illinois State Univ, IL 61790 USA.
Lund Univ, Sweden.
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Education, Teaching and Learning. Linköping University, Faculty of Educational Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9233-3862
Georgia State Univ, GA 30303 USA.
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2019 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, ISSN 0036-5564, E-ISSN 1467-9450Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Researchers have suggested that bystander behaviors and victim coping play an important role in counteracting the negative effects of bullying. The current study investigated the relationship between students ratings of coping effectiveness when addressing bullying and their behaviors as bystanders when witnessing bullying. Surveys were administered in a Midwestern, suburban school district. Some associations between perceptions of coping effectiveness and bystander behavior supported our hypotheses (e.g., constructive coping associated with defending bystander behaviors, externalizing associated with pro-bullying behaviors). However, some findings did not support hypothesized relationships. For example, higher ratings of effectiveness for cognitive distancing as a coping strategy were associated with increased defending behaviors as a bystander. Gender moderated some of these relationships. Pro-bullying bystander behavior was associated with increased ratings of cognitive distancing and decreased reports of constructive coping effectiveness for girls. Implications for future research and practice are discussed.

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WILEY , 2019.
Keywords [en]
Bullying; coping; coping effectiveness; bystander; gender
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Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-158961DOI: 10.1111/sjop.12564ISI: 000473713000001PubMedID: 31250925OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-158961DiVA, id: diva2:1338057
Available from: 2019-07-19 Created: 2019-07-19 Last updated: 2019-07-19

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