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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13(11), 1042; doi:10.3390/ijerph13111042

The Effects of a Skill-Based Intervention for Victims of Bullying in Brazil

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College of Nursing, University of São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, SP 14040-902, Brazil
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Department of Mathematics, Federal University of Technology-Paraná, Cornélio Procópio, PR 86300-000, Brazil
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Research Centre on Child Studies, Institute of Education, University of Minho, Braga 4710-057, Portugal
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Academic Editor: Matt DeLisi
Received: 28 July 2016 / Revised: 26 September 2016 / Accepted: 19 October 2016 / Published: 26 October 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Youth Psychology and Crime)
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This study’s objective was to verify whether improved social and emotional skills would reduce victimization among Brazilian 6th grade student victims of bullying. The targets of this intervention were victimized students; a total of 78 victims participated. A cognitive-behavioral intervention based on social and emotional skills was held in eight weekly sessions. The sessions focused on civility, the ability to make friends, self-control, emotional expressiveness, empathy, assertiveness, and interpersonal problem-solving capacity. Data were analyzed through Poisson regression models with random effects. Pre- and post-analyses reveal that intervention and comparison groups presented significant reduced victimization by bullying. No significant improvement was found in regard to difficulties in practicing social skills. Victimization reduction cannot be attributed to the program. This study contributes to the incipient literature addressing anti-bullying interventions conducted in developing countries and highlights the need for approaches that do not exclusively focus on the students’ individual aspects. View Full-Text
Keywords: bullying; social and emotional skills; school transition; school-based intervention bullying; social and emotional skills; school transition; school-based intervention
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da Silva, J.L.; de Oliveira, W.A.; Braga, I.F.; Farias, M.S.; da Silva Lizzi, E.A.; Gonçalves, M.F.C.; Pereira, B.O.; Silva, M.A.I. The Effects of a Skill-Based Intervention for Victims of Bullying in Brazil. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13, 1042.

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