RPC Teacher-Based Program for Improving Coping Strategies to Deal with Cyberbullying
AbstractBackground: 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
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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.
Guarini A, Menin D, Menabò L, Brighi A. RPC Teacher-Based Program for Improving Coping Strategies to Deal with Cyberbullying. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2019; 16(6):948.Chicago/Turabian Style
Guarini, Annalisa; Menin, Damiano; Menabò, Laura; Brighi, Antonella. 2019. "RPC Teacher-Based Program for Improving Coping Strategies to Deal with Cyberbullying." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 16, no. 6: 948.
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