This webinar will discuss issues around comparing bullying in different cultures. What cross-national studies and surveys have been done? What issues are involved in interpreting the findings? How similar are terms in other languages to the English word ‘bullying’? Is the phenomenon very similar, or substantially different, in different societies?
Dr. Peter Smith
Peter Smith is Emeritus Professor at the Department of Psychology, Goldsmiths, University of London, U.K. He is author of Understanding School Bullying: Its Nature and Prevention Strategies (Sage, 2014), and co-editor of School Bullying in Different Cultures: Eastern and Western Perspectives (with Keumjoo Kwak and Yuichi Toda) (Cambridge University Press, 2016). In 2015 he was awarded the William Thierry Preyer award for Excellence in Research on Human Development, by the European Society for Developmental Psychology. He is currently part of a project Comparative study of cyberbullying in Qatar and the UK: risk factors, impact on health and solutions, financed by the Qatar National Research Fund (2013-2016).
Jan 9, 2019 9:00-10:00 AM EST
Bullying implies an experience of vulnerability and insecurity, not only for victims but for the whole community. Psychological safety can counteract the negative effects for victims, but can also promote active anti-bullying behaviors among peers. The webinar will address these issues from a theoretical perspective, but also sharing recent evidence supporting the crucial role of fostering psychologically secure school environments.
CHRISTIAN BERGER, PhD, is an Associate professor at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, where he serves as the Director of the Doctoral Program in Psychology. His research interests focus around peer relations, in particular how social status and aggressive and prosocial behaviors are part of the adolescent peer culture. He also focuses on how contexts affect the development of positive or negative interpersonal relationships. More broadly, he studies peer ecologies and school environments, and protective factors to prevent school violence and to promote a nurturing school social climate.