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

NCJ Number
Prevention Science Volume: 23 Dated: 2022 Pages: 439–454
Date Published
16 pages

Given the extensive literature and variation in program effectiveness, we conducted a comprehensive systematic review and meta-analysis of programs to decrease cyberbullying perpetration and victimization.



Evidence suggests that cyberbullying among school-age children is related to problem behaviors and other adverse school performance constructs. As a result, numerous school-based programs have been developed and implemented to decrease cyberbullying perpetration and victimization. Our review included published and unpublished literature, utilized modern, transparent, and reproducible methods, and examined confirmatory and exploratory moderating factors. A total of 50 studies and 320 effect sizes spanning 45,371 participants met the review protocol criteria. Results indicated that programs significantly reduced cyberbullying perpetration (g = −0.18, SE = 0.05, 95% CI [−0.28, −0.09]) and victimization (g = −0.13, SE = 0.04, 95% CI [−0.21, −0.05]). Moderator analyses, however, yielded only a few statistically significant findings. We interpret these findings and provide implications for future cyberbullying prevention policy and practice. (Publisher Abstract Provided)

Date Published: January 1, 2022