Recent studies have found that increasing numbers of students are experiencing cyberbullying during middle and high school. The current study examined how school psychologists and school counselors are involved in the prevention and intervention of cyberbullying as well as what practices their schools are implementing to address this issue. Results found that school counselors were more involved than school psychologists with cyberbullying prevention and intervention efforts. However, 50% of school psychologists felt that their skills were being underutilized and 59% expressed a desire to be more involved in cyberbullying prevention and intervention efforts. Receiving training on cyberbullying was found to be related to increased feelings of preparedness to be involved with cyberbullying prevention and intervention. Though, in this study, only 8% of all participants felt very prepared to help select cyberbullying prevention and intervention programs. Participants rated creating a cyberbullying taskforce, positive school climate programs, peer mentors, and teaching empathy as the most effective prevention and intervention strategies. Based on these findings, schools need to provide the staff more training on the issue of cyberbullying and develop strategies to reduce school psychologists’ barriers to involvement in this area. This will allow schools to develop knowledgeable teams to help address the issue of cyberbullying prevention and intervention.
Carlos J Panahon
Date of Degree
Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Burlet, R. E. (2019). Cyberbullying prevention and intervention: Perspectives of school psychologists and school counselors [Doctoral dissertation, Minnesota State University, Mankato]. Cornerstone: A Collection of Scholarly and Creative Works for Minnesota State University, Mankato. https://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/etds/918/
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