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A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Interventions to Decrease Cyberbullying Perpetration and Victimization

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Date Published
April 2020
23 pages

This is the Final Summary Overview of a report on a study whose purpose was to conduct a large-scale systematic review and meta-analysis of studies that measured the impacts of school violence, bullying, and targeted cyberbullying prevention programming on cyberbullying perpetration and victimization outcomes, school performance indicators, and in-person bullying perpetration and victimization.


The study used comprehensive literature searches, thorough coding practices, and state-of-the art meta-analysis techniques. The inclusion and exclusion criteria for the literature selection are outlined. The study advises that the overview analyses provide consistent evidence that cyberbullying-prevention programs show promise in reducing cyberbullying and some traditional bullying behaviors; however, more specific analyses indicate that this result was driven by programs that targeted cyberbullying more than by programs that only targeted in-person bullying. On the other hand, there is some evidence that anti-cyberbullying programs have some impact on traditional bullying behavior. This argues for including cyberbullying with specific programming or including anti-cyberbullying modules within traditional antibullying programs. 6 tables, 3 figures, and 10 references

Date Published: April 1, 2020