Friday, August 16, 2019

Belonging and Bullying Study

A study of 900 middle schoolers found that students who report having a sense of belonging both at home and school are less likely to engage in bullying. The results indicate that the more a student feels like they belong among their peers and family, the more likely they will feel like they belong at school. In addition, the more they feel like they belong within their school community, the less likely they were to report bullying behaviors. This indicates that parents might be able to play a proactive role in increasing their child’s sense of belonging at school by focusing on improving a sense of belonging in the family.
Slaten, C., Rose, C., & Ferguson, J. (2019).  Understanding the relationship between youths' belonging and bullying behaviour: An SEM Model.  Educational & Child Psychology, 36(2).

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