Effects of Intervention Program Prev@cib on Traditional Bullying and Cyberbullying

Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2019 Feb 13;16(4):527. doi: 10.3390/ijerph16040527.


Due to the negative consequences of being bullied and the increase in cyberbullying among adolescents, there is a need for evidence-based programs to prevent and intervene in these types of peer violence. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of the Prev@cib bullying and cyberbullying program, drawing on three theoretical frameworks: the ecological model, empowerment theory, and the model of personal and social responsibility. The Prev@cib program was evaluated using a repeated-measures pre-post-test design with an experimental group and a control group. The sample consisted of 660 adolescents between 12 and 17 years old (M = 13.58, SD = 1.26), randomly assigned to the experimental and control groups. Repeated-measures ANOVA of pre-post-test scores were conducted. Results showed a significant decrease in bullying and victimization and cyberbullying and cybervictimization in the experimental group, compared to the control group, indicating that the Prev@cib program is effective in reducing bullying and cyberbullying. Taking into account the harmful effects of these types of violence, the results have important implications in the prevention of these behaviors because they provide scientific evidence of the program's effectiveness.

Keywords: Prev@cib; adolescents; bullying; cyberbullying; prevention program.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior*
  • Bullying / prevention & control*
  • Child
  • Controlled Before-After Studies
  • Crime Victims
  • Cyberbullying / prevention & control
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Models, Psychological
  • Program Evaluation