Parent-child communication and adolescents’ problem-solving strategies in hypothetical bullying situations

  • Author / Creator
    Gould, Laura Doreen
  • The current study investigated: (a) the types of solutions that students and parents generate in response to hypothetical bullying situations; (b) the effectiveness of the solutions generated; and (c) the effectiveness of strategies when taking into consideration parent-child communication. Two-hundred and twenty-five junior high school students and their parents were required to read four short scripts involving hypothetical bullying dilemmas related to physical, verbal, relational, and cyber bullying, and generate as many solutions as possible to solve each bullying situation. Additionally, participants filled out a parent-child communication questionnaire assessing communication between students and parents. Results revealed that the most common type of solutions provided by both students and parents were help-seeking strategies. The overall effectiveness rating of solutions for students and parents did not significantly differ, but fell slightly below effective. These results suggest that parents and students may not be equipped to effectively cope with bullying situations. Although communication in the family appeared to play a role in the effectiveness of solutions generated, more parental education on bullying and solving bullying dilemmas is needed. Educational recommendations and future research steps will be discussed.

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    Fall 2011
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    Master of Education
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