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Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2019 Mar 16;16(6). pii: E948. doi: 10.3390/ijerph16060948.

RPC Teacher-Based Program for Improving Coping Strategies to Deal with Cyberbullying.

Author information

1
Department of Psychology, University of Bologna, 40127 Bologna, Italy. annalisa.guarini@unibo.it.
2
Department of Education Studies "Giovanni Maria Bertin", University of Bologna, 40126 Bologna, Italy. damiano.menin2@unibo.it.
3
Department of Psychology, University of Bologna, 40127 Bologna, Italy. laura.menabo@studio.unibo.it.
4
Faculty of Education, Free University of Bolzano, 39042 Brixen-Bressanone, Italy. antonella.brighi@unibz.it.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Cyberbullying is a serious threat to public health and teachers can play a key role in its detection, prevention and intervention. The present study evaluated the effectiveness of the RPC ("Relazioni per crescere"-Relationships to Grow) program, a short intervention, implemented at classroom level by trained teachers, aimed at improving awareness on cyberbullying and increasing proactive coping strategies to deal with cyberbullying behaviors.

METHOD:

The effectiveness of the RPC project was analyzed through an observational study (pre/post-intervention comparison), involving 898 Italian students of Lower Secondary schools (6th⁻8th grades).

RESULTS:

Hierarchical logistic regression showed that after the intervention students were more likely to consider the different roles in cyberbullying (cyberbully, cybervictim, reinforce/assistant, defender and bystander/observer). In addition, hierarchical linear regressions highlighted an improvement of social coping and cognitive coping strategies after the intervention.

CONCLUSIONS:

RPC is a short, teacher-based program that can increase the awareness of cyberbullying among students and improves their effective coping strategies to address cyberbullying. Further research on the efficacy of short teacher-based programs would be worthwhile, given the limited financial and time resources of the schools, emphasizing the active and crucial role of teachers in tackling cyberbullying.

KEYWORDS:

adolescents; coping strategies; cyberbullying; teacher based-intervention

PMID:
30884790
PMCID:
PMC6466270
DOI:
10.3390/ijerph16060948
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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