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

Department of Psychology, University of Bologna, 40127 Bologna, Italy
Department of Education Studies “Giovanni Maria Bertin”, University of Bologna, 40126 Bologna, Italy
Faculty of Education, Free University of Bolzano, 39042 Brixen-Bressanone, Italy
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(6), 948;
Received: 31 January 2019 / Revised: 11 March 2019 / Accepted: 13 March 2019 / Published: 16 March 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Interventions to Reduce Bullying and Cyberbullying)
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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. View Full-Text
Keywords: cyberbullying; coping strategies; teacher based-intervention; adolescents cyberbullying; coping strategies; teacher based-intervention; adolescents
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Guarini, A.; Menin, D.; Menabò, L.; Brighi, A. RPC Teacher-Based Program for Improving Coping Strategies to Deal with Cyberbullying. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 948.

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