Empathy and Forms of Bystander Intervention in Bullying

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 5,6
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Session 1: Promoting Safe and Positive Schools

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. understand how the bystander intervention theory applies to bullying prevention in schools.
  2. identify different forms of bystander intervention in bullying.
  3. know ways in which bystander interventions and empathy can be measured and taught in schools.


The goal of this study was to assess different forms of bystander intervention and their relation with empathy in a sample of 450 third through twelfth grade students. Key differences were found in the relation between affective and cognitive empathy with the four forms of bystander intervention: direct intervention, emotional support, involving adults, and ignoring bullying. Implications for bullying prevention programs are discussed.



Lyndsay N. Jenkins, Florida State University
Suravi S. Changlani, Florida State University


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