Family support helps prevent teenage bullying

Strong family ties help protect teenagers from experiencing the harsh nature of adolescent bullying, says new report.

The research carried out by the University of Sheffield found the strength of family support as felt by the child, and the quality of the family environment, can help reduce victimisation at school and at home.

The researchers who used youth data (from 2009–2013) from Understanding Society, found if children don’t tell their families about their bullying experiences, the problem is made worst. The intensity of past period bullying is also a strong predictor of future victimisation.

The researchers said in the report, “Adolescent bullying victimisation and maltreatment have been linked to mental health disorders. Early intervention interrupting victimisation continuity is required since adolescence is a critical period for the formation of adult skills.”

“The importance of family support and the quality of the family environment as protective factors necessitates parental involvement in school anti-bullying programmes. The longitudinal persistence of bullying indicates the inability of frequently bullied adolescents to escape victimisation. Anti-bullying policy design should encourage victims to speak up by lowering victimisation stigma and, provide assurances against bully retaliation.”

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