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Reducing Bullying with Parental Support

Researchers were able to identify children more likely to be bullied at school by looking at whether their parents had a “facilitative” style of parenting.  A facilitative parent is one who supports their child’s development of social skills and peer relationships. The children of facilitative parents where less likely to have poor peer relationships and were less reactive to the provoking of others. This study suggests that parents may have significant influence on the reduction of bullying in a school setting.

Abstract: Parenting Practices, Children’s Peer Relationships and Being Bullied at School, Journal of Child and Family Studies

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The Effect of Yelling as Verbal Discipline

Researchers looked at the effect of mother’s and father’s yelling on their adolescent children.  These researchers found:

  • that yelling at 13-year-old children predicted an increase in behavior problems and symptoms of depression between the ages of 13 and 14.
  • misbehavior by 13-year-olds predicted more parental yelling as verbal discipline, and
  • parental warmth did not influence the effect of yelling on the child

Abstract:  Longitudinal Links Between Fathers’ and Mothers’ Harsh Verbal Discipline and Adolescents’ Conduct Problems and Depressive Symptoms, Child Development

There are Advantages to Being “Less Hostile”

Researchers in Australia looked at the effect of parenting style and the number of hours a parent works on the behavior of children.  Parenting style was broken down into three categories: warm, hostile, and the use of inductive reasoning.  These researchers found:

  • That the “less warm” and the “less hostile” styles do have an effect.  For parents who had no paid employment or worked full time, there were more likely to be behavior problems when the parenting style was less warm.
  • Meanwhile, for parents who had few or long hours of employment their children had fewer behaviors problems when the parenting style was less hostile.
  • This research suggests that a warm parenting style, or, at the very least, a less hostile style, mediates the effect of hours worked on children’s behavior.

Abstract: Parental employment and child behaviors: Do parenting practices underlie these relationships?, International Journal of Behavioral Development, 2013

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