About this Research Topic
Despite the consequences that bullying has for those who suffer from, execute, or observe it, the debate about its implications remains open among the scientific community. Furthermore, the irruption of information and communication technologies (ICT) in social interactions has significantly favored the emergence of bullying in digital environments. The increasing accessibility to the internet, as well as digital technologies and devices, have provided a type of harassment that exposes and significantly weakens the victim. In this sense, cyberbullying adopts the bitter face of traditional bullying and elevates it to the cybernetic age.
Likewise, intimate partner violence is defined as an emerging problem that presents characteristics like those of bullying and cyberbullying, as far as it may involve intentional acts of sexual, physical, or psychological harassment in romantic relationships. In addition, numerous studies have verified the role of dating violence as the prelude to gender violence.
Because of their direct and negative consequences, in recent years, there has been an increasing number of investigations focused on the study of violent behaviors and especially within the peer group or in the couple. The most recent publications on bullying issues deal with counseling programs, longitudinal studies of victimization linked to personal variables such as depression and/or anxiety, legal problems derived from these practices, controlled trials with groups of schoolchildren, correlation of these phenomena with suicide, etc. Meanwhile, in terms of dating violence, studies are moving towards the analysis of the construct, the promotion of prevention, and the analysis of ICT as mediators of this phenomenon.
In light of these studies' results, there is a need for further research and development of early detection and intervention tools, as well as prevention of bullying, cyberbullying, and dating violence before they occur.
The Topic Editors of this Research Topic welcome papers which focus on the study of these phenomena that lead to intentional acts aimed at exerting situations of harassment against one or more people. We also welcome contributions that highlight the real impact for all people who are involved in such a situation of harassment. Additionally, the prevalence of these phenomena indicates that further research is necessary to establish proposals for their prevention, evaluation, and intervention.
The type of manuscripts we welcome for this article collection are Original research, Systematic review, Methods, Review, Case report, Community case study, Conceptual analysis, Curriculum, instruction, and pedagogy, and Study protocol.
Keywords: bullying, cyberbullying, dating violence, bullying prevention, violence, bullying intervention, bullying assessment
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