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Psychosocial Intervention

On-line version ISSN 2173-4712Print version ISSN 1132-0559

Abstract

GARAIGORDOBIL, Maite. Antisocial behavior: Connection with bullying/cyberbullying and conflict resolution. Psychosocial Intervention [online]. 2017, vol.26, n.1, pp.47-54. ISSN 2173-4712.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.psi.2015.12.002.

The goal of this work was to explore the relations among antisocial behavior, engagement in bullying/cyberbullying, and conflict resolution skills. The sample comprised 3,026 Spanish participants, aged between 12 and 18 years (48.5% males, 51.5% females), enrolled in various public (45.6%) and private (54.4%) schools of the Basque Country. Using a descriptive and correlational design, 4 assessment instruments were administered to measure the variables under study (antisocial behavior, bullying/cyberbullying, and conflict resolution skills). The correlational analyses and analyses of variance confirmed that adolescents and youth of both sexes with high scores in antisocial behavior were significantly more involved in all the roles of bullies and cyberbullies (victims, bullies, and bystanders) and they used significantly more aggressive strategies as an interpersonal conflict resolution technique. The study identifies relevant variables for the design of intervention programs. The discussion focuses on the importance of implementing psychoeducational prevention and intervention programs targeting antisocial behavior, as well as the role of the family and society.

Keywords : Antisocial behavior; Bullying; Cyberbullying; Conflict resolution.

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