Study examines what factors may predict intervention to stop bullies

by Sharita Forrest   /   Dec 20, 2011

New research by Dorothy Espelage, professor in Educational Psychology, indicates that boys are less likely than girls to intervene to protect bullying victims, especially if their friends engage in high levels of bullying perpetration.


The study also suggests that anti-bullying programs that focus on bystander intervention and empathy training aren’t likely to have much impact unless attention is given to reducing bullying perpetration within children’s peer groups.


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