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Abstract

PEREZ, Verónica. Perception of Severity, Empathy, and Disposition to Intervene in Physical, Verbal, and Relational Bullying Among Teachers From 5° to 8° Grade. Psykhe [online]. 2011, vol.20, n.2, pp. 25-37. ISSN 0718-2228.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0718-22282011000200003.

The purpose of this study was to compare the perception of severity, empathy with the victim, and disposition of 88 teachers (23 men and 65 women) between 5th and 8th grade from private schools of the Metropolitan Area of Chile to intervene in bullying incidents, according to the type of bullying: physical, verbal and relational A questionnaire developed by Bauman and Del Rio (2006) was adapted, which includes 6 vignettes that describe physical, verbal, and relational bullying events. Descriptive statistics were used to characterize the sample and mixed ANOVA to test the study hypothesis. The degree of seriousness and teacher involvement was significantly less for relational bullying and presented the lowest level of empathy with the victim. These results are similar to the ones found in the studies of Yoon & Kerber (2003) and Bauman & Del Rio (2006).

Keywords : perception; relational bullying; peer aggression; teachers.

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