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Soc. Sci. 2018, 7(8), 121; https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci7080121

Parents’ Responses to Coping with Bullying: Variations by Adolescents’ Self-Reported Victimization and Parents’ Awareness of Bullying Involvement

Department of Psychology, University of Castilla-La Mancha, Cuenca 16071, Spain
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Received: 29 June 2018 / Revised: 23 July 2018 / Accepted: 24 July 2018 / Published: 25 July 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Family, Bullying and Cyberbullying)
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Bullying has been recognized as an important risk factor for mental health. A growing number of researchers have encouraged parents to work collaboratively with schools to prevent and intervene in bullying situations. This study explores the relationship between parents’ awareness of bullying involvement, adolescents’ self-reported victimization, and six possible parents’ responses to their child’s victimization. The participants were 1044 seventh–tenth grade students and their parents. Logistic regressions analyses were applied to determine if parents’ awareness of victimization and adolescents’ self-reporting of victimization were associated with parents’ responses to bullying victimization. The results showed that parents’ awareness of bullying and adolescents’ self-reported victimization were only associated with the “defends herself/himself” and “talks to bully” response. In other words, the parents who believe their child has been bullied are less likely to encourage their children to talk with the bully, and when children are victimized, it is less likely that their parents will encourage them to defend themselves or talk with the bully. View Full-Text
Keywords: bullying; cyberbullying; family; parents; bullying awareness; coping strategies bullying; cyberbullying; family; parents; bullying awareness; coping strategies
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Larrañaga, E.; Yubero, S.; Navarro, R. Parents’ Responses to Coping with Bullying: Variations by Adolescents’ Self-Reported Victimization and Parents’ Awareness of Bullying Involvement. Soc. Sci. 2018, 7, 121.

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