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Perceptions of bullying in schools: Do parents and their children differ in perspective?

25 July 2014


The objective of this study was to examine factors related to parent and child perceptions of bullying in schools. Data were collected from 30 parent-child dyads from 3 elementary and middle schools in the Northwest. No significant group differences were found in the report of the frequency of bullying, although parents underestimated their child’s experience of victimization. There were no bullies identified in this study. No significant differences were found in the reported sense of well-being among children whose parents were accurate and children whose parents were inaccurate about bullying. Parents in this study were most accurate in identifying their child’s experience of verbal bullying. These findings are discussed with regard to the factors associated with parental awareness of bullying.


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