Predictors of student defenders of peer aggression victims: Empathy and social cognitive factors

  title={Predictors of student defenders of peer aggression victims: Empathy and social cognitive factors},
  author={Kirstin Barchia and K. Bussey},
  journal={International Journal of Behavioral Development},
  pages={289 - 297}
  • Kirstin Barchia, K. Bussey
  • Published 2011
  • Psychology
  • International Journal of Behavioral Development
  • Despite wide recognition of the important role of student bystanders in influencing peer aggression in schools, little is currently known about what influences students to intervene in defense of peer aggression victims. This longitudinal study involving 1,167 primarily white adolescents (aged 12—15 years, 613 females) investigated the role of social cognitive factors and empathy as predictors of students defending victims of peer aggression. High levels of collective efficacy beliefs in the… CONTINUE READING
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