Faculty Publications

Title

Measurement of the bystander intervention model for bullying and sexual harassment

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Bullying, Bystander intervention, Measurement, Sexual harassment

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Journal of Adolescence

Volume

37

Issue

4

First Page

391

Last Page

400

Abstract

Although peer bystanders can exacerbate or prevent bullying and sexual harassment, research has been hindered by the absence of a validated assessment tool to measure the process and sequential steps of the bystander intervention model. A measure was developed based on the five steps of Latané and Darley's (1970) bystander intervention model applied to bullying and sexual harassment. Confirmatory factor analysis with a sample of 562 secondary school students confirmed the five-factor structure of the measure. Structural equation modeling revealed that all the steps were influenced by the previous step in the model, as the theory proposed. In addition, the bystander intervention measure was positively correlated with empathy, attitudes toward bullying and sexual harassment, and awareness of bullying and sexual harassment facts. This measure can be used for future research and to inform intervention efforts related to the process of bystander intervention for bullying and sexual harassment. © 2014 The Foundation for Professionals in Services for Adolescents.

Original Publication Date

1-1-2014

DOI of published version

10.1016/j.adolescence.2014.03.003

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