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Adolescents’ own suggestions for bullying interventions at age 13 and 16

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Kristina Holmqvist, University of Gothenburg, Box 500, 405 30 Göteborg, Sweden. Tel: +46 31 786 4263; e-mail: kristina.holmqvist@psy.gu.se

Abstract

Frisén, A. & Holmqvist, K. (2009). Adolescents’ own suggestions for bullying interventions at age 13 and 16. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, 51, 123–131.

In this study we examined adolescents’ perspectives on what interventions they consider to be effective in order to stop the bullying of a student. The adolescents’ suggestions were reviewed at two time points, age 13 and 16. Participants were 474 girls and 403 boys at the first point of examination, and 429 girls and 332 boys at the second point of examination. The participants’ suggestions were divided into categories based on some of the anti-bullying strategies commonly presented by researchers. Results showed that some anti-bullying strategies were more salient than others in the adolescents’ suggestions, and that their suggestions differed as a function of age, sex and to some extent, current experience of victimization. Having serious talks with the students involved was among the most common suggestions at both ages. However, girls were more likely than boys, and non-victims were more likely than victims, to suggest this particular strategy.

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