A scoping review of technological interventions to address ethnicity-related peer aggression

Heidi Vandebosch, Alina Botezat*, Anna Lisa Amodeo, Sara Pabian, Piotr Plichta, Zrinka Puharic, Jacek Pyzalski

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The past two decades have witnessed an increase in ethnicity-related peer aggression, driven by the intensification of the migration phenomenon and rise of information and communication technologies. The goal of the current study is to extend the scope of previous reviews on peer aggression to examine the emerging evidence on the role of technological tools in the prevention, detection, and handling of ethnicity-related peer aggression among young people. We have identified 14 relevant papers published between 2005 and 2020 that help us answer the following research questions: What forms of aggression among young ethnic minorities do these technological interventions try to address? What types of technological interventions are being used? The results indicate that the technological tools are being used to tackle both intergroup as well as intragroup peer aggression, in which ethnic minorities youth is involved (as a victim, perpetrator or bystander). Most studies have focused on adolescents and young adults in the US or in Europe. The technological tools reported on, include: online games, videos, social media, and chat-based programmes, or machine learning algorithms aimed at tackling online and offline peer aggression. They can be used either as stand - alone tools, or as part of intervention programmes (at the school, family or community level). These findings can be useful to improve and elaborate future digital technologies developed to address ethnicity-related peer aggression.

Original languageEnglish
Article number101794
Number of pages14
JournalAggression and Violent Behavior
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2022


  • Technological interventions
  • Ethnic minorities youth
  • Peer aggression
  • Bullying
  • Cyberbullying
  • Scoping review
  • AGE


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