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Active defending and passive bystanding behavior in bullying: the role of personal characteristics and perceived peer pressure.
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PMID:  20228996     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This study examined the role of pro-victim attitudes, personal responsibility, coping responses to observations of bullying, and perceived peer normative pressure in explaining defending the victim and passive bystanding behavior in bullying. A total of 462 Italian early adolescents (mean age = 13.4 years, SD = 9 months) participated in the study. The behaviors were measured through two informants: each individual student and the teachers. The findings of a series of hierarchical regressions showed that, regardless of the informant, problem solving coping strategies and perceived peer normative pressure for intervention were positively associated with active help towards a bullied peer and negatively related to passivity. In contrast, distancing strategies were positively associated with passive bystanding, whereas they were negatively associated with teacher-reported defending behavior. Moreover, self-reported defending behavior was positively associated with personal responsibility for intervention, but only under conditions of low perceived peer pressure. Finally, the perception of peer pressure for intervention buffered the negative influence of distancing on passive bystanding tendencies. Future directions are discussed.
Tiziana Pozzoli; Gianluca Gini
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of abnormal child psychology     Volume:  38     ISSN:  1573-2835     ISO Abbreviation:  J Abnorm Child Psychol     Publication Date:  2010 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-07-13     Completed Date:  2010-10-19     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0364547     Medline TA:  J Abnorm Child Psychol     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  815-27     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Developmental and Social Psychology, University of Padua, via Venezia, 8, 35131, Padova, Italy.
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MeSH Terms
Adaptation, Psychological*
Adolescent Behavior / psychology*
Aggression / psychology*
Factor Analysis, Statistical
Interpersonal Relations
Peer Group
Regression Analysis
Sex Factors
Social Behavior*

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