PO048: Victim Response to Hurtful Teasing Episodes: Perceptual and Behavioral Responses

Thursday, February 20, 2014 11:30 AM–1:00 PM


This study (1) assessed the effects of victim response on bystanders’ perceptions of, and responses to, a hurtful teasing episode; and (2) how these effects are moderated by bystanders’ social cognitions. Middle-school-age boys viewed videos of a hurtful teasing episode in which the teased victim’s response was manipulated. Suggestions for new targets of anti-teasing interventions are presented, including specific victim responses that maximize the likelihood that bystanders would provide help for the victim.


Edward P. Mockus, Illinois State University, Normal, IL