Bullying – The Family Connection

Research presented at the American Sociological Association suggests a connection between parenting style and bullying. Elizabeth Sweeney reviewed studies of bullying among 9 to 16 year-olds in 6 countries. She found that children of authoritarian parents – those who are unresponsive and emphasize obedience – were significantly more likely to engage in bullying behaviour. Tolerance of bullying also contributed to its persistence.

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