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The personality trait of environmental sensitivity predicts children’s positive response to school-based anti-bullying intervention

Nocentini, Annalaura, Menesini, Ersilia and Pluess, Michael (2018) The personality trait of environmental sensitivity predicts children’s positive response to school-based anti-bullying intervention. Clinical Psychological Science. ISSN 2167-7026

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Identification Number: 10.1177/2167702618782194

Abstract

Background: Meta-analyses on the effectiveness of anti-bullying interventions show that average effects tend to be significant but small. Informed by the Vantage Sensitivity framework (Pluess and Belsky, 2013) the current study aims at testing whether individual differences in Environmental Sensitivity predict treatment response to an anti-bullying intervention. Method: Large randomized controlled trial with 2,042 pupils (grade 4 and 6) randomly assigned to a treatment or control condition. Results: Significant Intervention effects on victimization and internalizing symptoms (but not bullying or externalizing symptoms) were moderated by both Environmental Sensitivity and gender, with boys scoring high on sensitivity benefitting significantly more than less sensitive boys from the effects of the intervention regarding reduced victimization and internalizing symptoms. Conclusions: Findings are consistent with the notion of Vantage Sensitivity, suggesting that some individuals are disproportionately likely to respond to treatment while others are more resistant as a function of individual differences in environmental sensitivity.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://journals.sagepub.com/home/cpx
Additional Information: © 2018 the Authors
Divisions: Centre for Economic Performance
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Sets: Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2018 14:16
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2020 01:30
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/89853

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