The Link Between Parents' Perceptions of the School and Their Responses to School Bullying: Variation by Child Characteristics and the Forms of Victimization

Tracy Evian Waasdorp, Catherine P. Bradshaw, Jeffrey Duong

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Abstract

A growing number of researchers encourage parents to notify the school when their children are bullied and work collaboratively with the school to resolve the situation. However, there is limited research on factors that are associated with parents' responses to their child's victimization. Using data from an online survey of 773 parents of victimized students enrolled in 93 schools (elementary, middle, and high), the current study employed structural equation modeling to examine the association between parents' perceptions of the school's climate and parents' responses to their child's victimization. The results indicated that the more favorable parents' perceptions of the climate were, the less likely they were to contact their child's school or talk to their child in response to the victimization. The parents' perception of the climate and response choice also varied as a function of the child's age and the form of bullying experienced. These findings suggest that parents' perceptions of the school are associated with their responses to their child's victimization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)324-335
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Educational Psychology
Volume103
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2011

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Keywords

  • Bullying
  • Family involvement
  • Parents
  • Peer victimization
  • School climate

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  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Education

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The Link Between Parents' Perceptions of the School and Their Responses to School Bullying : Variation by Child Characteristics and the Forms of Victimization. / Waasdorp, Tracy Evian; Bradshaw, Catherine P.; Duong, Jeffrey.

In: Journal of Educational Psychology, Vol. 103, No. 2, 05.2011, p. 324-335.

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