Effectiveness of the TEI Program for Bullying and Cyberbullying Reduction and School Climate Improvement

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Title: Effectiveness of the TEI Program for Bullying and Cyberbullying Reduction and School Climate Improvement
Authors: Ferrer-Cascales, Rosario | Albaladejo-Blázquez, Natalia | Sánchez San Segundo, Miriam | Portilla-Tamarit, Irene | Lordan, Oriol | Ruiz-Robledillo, Nicolás
Research Group/s: Psicología Aplicada a la Salud y Comportamiento Humano (PSYBHE)
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Psicología de la Salud
Keywords: Bullying | Cyberbullying | School climate | Intervention program
Knowledge Area: Personalidad, Evaluación y Tratamiento Psicológico
Issue Date: 16-Feb-2019
Publisher: MDPI
Citation: Ferrer-Cascales R, Albaladejo-Blázquez N, Sánchez-SanSegundo M, Portilla-Tamarit I, Lordan O, Ruiz-Robledillo N. Effectiveness of the TEI Program for Bullying and Cyberbullying Reduction and School Climate Improvement. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2019; 16(4):580. doi:10.3390/ijerph16040580
Abstract: The increase in the prevalence of bullying and cyberbullying in recent years worldwide is undeniable. Although several intervention programs oriented towards the reduction of bullying and cyberbullying have been developed and implemented, significant disparities have been found regarding their efficacy. In most of the cases, the lack of the implementation of interventions involving all of the school community could be on the basis of this limited efficacy. The present study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of the TEI Program, an intervention based on peer tutoring, in the reduction of bullying and cyberbullying, and in the improvement of school climate. The design of the study was quasi-experimental, in which 2057 Spanish students (aged 11 to 16 years) participated from 22 schools, and were randomly assigned to the experimental group (10 schools, 987 students) or the control group (12 schools, 1070 students). The obtained results showed a significant reduction in bullying behavior, peer victimization, fighting, cyberbullying and cybervictimization in the experimental group after the intervention implementation. Similarly, a significant improvement in factors of school climate was found only in this group. The obtained results demonstrated that the TEI program is effective in reducing bully and cyberbully behavior, and at the same time, improving the school climate.
Sponsor: This study was funded by the Office of the Vice President of Research and Knowledge Transfer of the University of Alicante (GRE-16-32).
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10045/88447
ISSN: 1661-7827 (Print) | 1660-4601 (Online)
DOI: 10.3390/ijerph16040580
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: © 2019 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
Peer Review: si
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16040580
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