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ERIC Number: EJ877118
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-0829-5735
Bystander Responses to School Bullying: A Cross-Sectional Investigation of Grade and Sex Differences
Trach, Jessica; Hymel, Shelley; Waterhouse, Terry; Neale, Ken
Canadian Journal of School Psychology, v25 n1 p114-130 2010
Addressing the impact of peer bystanders on school bullying, this cross-sectional study examined whether student responses to bullying that they witnessed varied as a function of sex and grade. In a school-based survey regarding social experiences at school, Grade 4 to 11 students (N = 9397, 51% male) who reported witnessing bullying (68%) rated how often they had engaged in different bystander responses. Results indicated significant differences across sex and grade level, such that younger students and girls were more likely to report taking positive action than were older students and boys by directly intervening, helping the victim, or talking to an adult. Generally, boys and girls were equally likely to report that they "ignored or avoided the person(s) who bullied" although reports that they "did nothing" increased with grade level. Implications for schoolwide antibullying intervention efforts are discussed. (Contains 3 tables, 6 figures and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 10; Grade 11; Grade 12; Grade 4; Grade 5; Grade 6; Grade 7; Grade 8; Grade 9; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada