Effects of the KiVa anti-bullying program on adolescents' depression, anxiety, and perception of peers

Anne Williford, Aaron Boulton, Brian Noland, Todd D. Little, Antti Kärnä, Christina Salmivalli

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Abstract

The present study investigated the effects of the KiVa antibullying program on students' anxiety, depression, and perception of peers in Grades 4-6. Furthermore, it was investigated whether reductions in peer-reported victimization predicted changes in these outcome variables. The study participants included 7,741 students from 78 schools who were randomly assigned to either intervention or control condition, and the program effects were tested with structural equation modeling. A cross-lagged panel model suggested that the KiVa program is effective for reducing students' internalizing problems and improving their peergroup perceptions. Finally, changes in anxiety, depression, and positive peer perceptions were found to be predicted by reductions in victimization. Implications of the findings and future directions for research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)289-300
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Abnormal Child Psychology
Volume40
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2012

Keywords

  • Bullying
  • KiVa
  • Prevention
  • Program evaluation
  • Structural equation modeling

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