Jorge Luiz da Silva 1 , Wanderlei Abadio de Oliveira 1 , Iara Falleiros Braga 1 , Marilurdes Silva Farias 1 , Elisangela Aparecida da Silva Lizzi 2 , Marlene Fagundes Carvalho Gonçalves 1 , Beatriz Oliveira Pereira 3 , Marta Angélica Iossi Silva 1 , *
26 October 2016
This study’s objective was to verify whether improved social and emotional skills would reduce victimization among Brazilian 6th grade student victims of bullying. The targets of this intervention were victimized students; a total of 78 victims participated. A cognitive-behavioral intervention based on social and emotional skills was held in eight weekly sessions. The sessions focused on civility, the ability to make friends, self-control, emotional expressiveness, empathy, assertiveness, and interpersonal problem-solving capacity. Data were analyzed through Poisson regression models with random effects. Pre- and post-analyses reveal that intervention and comparison groups presented significant reduced victimization by bullying. No significant improvement was found in regard to difficulties in practicing social skills. Victimization reduction cannot be attributed to the program. This study contributes to the incipient literature addressing anti-bullying interventions conducted in developing countries and highlights the need for approaches that do not exclusively focus on the students’ individual aspects.