Parents don't (always) know their children have been bullied: Child-parent discrepancy on bullying and family-level profile of communication standards

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Abstract

Discrepancy between bullied victims' experience and their parents' understanding indicates underutilization of family support system, and thus presents an important risk factor. An online survey (N = 300 child-father-mother triads) was conducted to establish a framework that helps distinguish families with different child-parent discrepancy levels. This family-level variability was modeled by profiling child-father-mother triad's family communication standard (FCS) orientations. This "FCS profile" indeed distinguished families with different levels of discrepancies. Further, SEM analyses revealed that those discrepancies presented a distinct risk factor vis-à-vis effects of bullying reports per se. Finally, FCS profile had an indirect association with victims' well-being via mediation by child-parent discrepancy. These findings are discussed with regard to the role of family communication in bullied individuals' coping processes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)221-247
Number of pages27
JournalHuman Communication Research
Volume35
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2009
Externally publishedYes

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Bullying
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exclusion
Parents
Communication
communication
Fathers
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Mothers
Scanning electron microscopy
online survey
mediation
coping
well-being

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Communication
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Anthropology
  • Linguistics and Language

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