Research suggests that adolescent bullying can be a precursor to harmful adult behaviors (Espelage, et. al., 2022). Thus, adolescent bullying continues to be a key focus of scholarly research across the globe. This webinar discusses longitudinal studies of the bully-sexual violence pathway (Bully-SV pathway), where bullying is a precursor for harmful behaviors. Such harmful behaviors may include teen dating violence and other forms of sexual violence, such as sexual harassment, sexual coercion, and sexual assault.
Potential mechanisms underlying the bully-sexual violence pathway include social dominance orientation, exposure to sexual education, alcohol use, etc. The discussion includes several school-based intervention approaches that have shown modest success in reducing rates of bullying and SV. This webinar will also discuss strategies for supporting communication with youth around bullying and bullying prevention.
By the end of this webinar, attendees will be able to:
- Understand the research on youth bullying as a precursor to adolescent sexual violence and teen dating violence
- Recognize risk and protective factors targeting interventions to address the link between bullying and sexual violence/teen dating violence
- Identify programs addressing risks and protective factors to reduce these forms of violence