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Temas em Psicologia

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MONTEIRO, Renan Pereira et al. Human values and bullying: do age and gender moderate this relationship?. Temas psicol. [online]. 2017, vol.25, n.3, pp. 1317-1328. ISSN 1413-389X.

The serious consequences that underlie bullying are noticeable and it is important to know the variables that can predict this behavior pattern among students. The aim of the study was to understand to what extent human values predict bullying, testing the moderating role of gender and age. Participants were 300 children (M = 11.07; SD = 1.31) from public and private schools, who answered the Bullying Behaviors Scale, the children version of Basic Values Survey and demographic questions. Results showed that values from the interactive (β = -.21, B =-.14, IC95% = -.23/-.06, p < .001) and promotion (β = .32, B = .14, IC95% = .09/.20, p < .001) subfunctions predict bullying behavior. We found that these relationships were not moderated by the children's gender or age. It may be concluded that human values are an important variable to understand this aggressive behavior among peers, promoting interventions that may reduce the problem at schools.

Keywords : Bullying; human values; children; school.

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