Teacher responses to incidents of bullying among students: Study protocol and preliminary results of a systematic review on how teachers react to and manage bullying situations

  • Saskia Fischer (Author)
  • Maunder, R. (Author)
  • Sheri Bauman (Author)
  • Ludwig Bilz (Author)
  • Herbert Scheithauer (Author)

Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsConference Presentation


Teachers are key figures in the school bullying process. However, the assessment and variety of teacher responses investigated differ heavily within current literature. Therefore, we are conducting a systematic review on teacher responses to incidents of bullying following the PRISMA guidelines. The central question of the review is: ‘How do teachers respond to bullying incidents among students?’ Additional subsidiary questions concern how teachers determine if an incident of bullying has occurred; how teachers decide how to respond to bullying incidents; the effectiveness of the responses for handling bullying situations; and how teachers’ bullying responses are measured.

A complex search strategy was developed and used in seven databases (Web of Science, Scopus, PsycINFO, PubPsych, PubMed, ERIC, and Cochrane Library). Inclusion criteria include the use of the term ‘bullying’, the school context and school age, and any responses to bullying incidents that are performed by teachers or other teaching staff. Exclusion criteria include solely theoretical publications, bullying at college, university, or workplace, purely preventive strategies, and evaluations of complex anti-bullying programmes.

In total, 5,759 results were identified. After the exclusion of duplicates, 4,297 findings were included in the screening of title and abstract. Together with a coding team, the authors are currently conducting the screening and full-text review. The full-text review will be completed by two coders for each publication.
In a further step, the data extraction will be conducted with a tested complex template by two coders. The quality assessment will be carried out with a newly developed instrument alongside an established instrument (Mixed Methods Appraisal Tool MMAT, Hong et al., 2018).

In the presentation, we will provide findings on the body of literature and on the breadth of teacher responses to incidents of bullying presented in the literature.
Period10 Nov 2023
Event titleWorkshop on Aggression
Event typeConference
LocationLondon, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational