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Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Youth and Adolescence 12/2015

28-08-2015 | Empirical Research

Victim Reports of Bystander Reactions to In-Person and Online Peer Harassment: A National Survey of Adolescents

Auteurs: Lisa M. Jones, Kimberly J. Mitchell, Heather A. Turner

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Youth and Adolescence | Uitgave 12/2015

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Abstract

Bullying prevention is increasingly targeting education to bystanders, but more information is needed on the complexities of bystander actions across a wide variety of incidents, including both online and in-person peer harassment. The current study analyzes victim report data from a nationally representative survey of youth ages 10–20 (n = 791; 51 % female). Bystander presence was common across all harassment incident types (80 % of incidents). In contrast to previous research, our study found that supportive bystander behaviors occurred at relatively high rates. Unfortunately, antagonistic bystander behaviors, although less common, were predictive of higher negative impact for the victim. A large percentage of victims (76 %) also disclosed the harassment to confidants, who play an important role as secondary bystanders. While friends were the most common confidant, incidents were also disclosed to adults at high rates (60 %) and with mostly positive results. The findings suggest that prevention programs could increase their impact by targeting education to both direct witnesses and confidants, and considering a wider variety of peer victimization incident types.

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Metagegevens
Titel
Victim Reports of Bystander Reactions to In-Person and Online Peer Harassment: A National Survey of Adolescents
Auteurs
Lisa M. Jones
Kimberly J. Mitchell
Heather A. Turner
Publicatiedatum
28-08-2015
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Youth and Adolescence / Uitgave 12/2015
Print ISSN: 0047-2891
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-6601
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10964-015-0342-9