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ERIC Number: EJ722159
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jun
Pages: 16
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-0144-3410
Expressed Readiness of Australian Schoolchildren to Act as Bystanders in Support of Children who are Being Bullied
Rigby, Ken; Johnson, Bruce
Educational Psychology, v26 n3 p425-440 Jun 2006
Promoting interventive action on the part of student bystanders witnessing peer victimisation is currently seen as a promising way of reducing bullying in schools. A video depicting bullying in the presence of bystanders was viewed by late primary ( n = 200) and early secondary school students ( n = 200). Some 43% of the students indicated that they were likely to help the victim. Questionnaires were employed to assess student attitudes towards victims, beliefs about the expectations of parents, friends, and teachers, perceived self-efficacy, and social desirability response set. Multiple regression analysis identified as significant predictors of expressed intention to intervene: attending primary school, having rarely or never bullied others, having (reportedly) previously intervened, positive attitude to victims, and believing that parents and friends (but not teachers) expected them to act to support victims. Implications for action to reduce bullying in schools are discussed. (Contains 6 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia