Bullying and parents

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Bullying is an extreme form of social exclusion that affects a significant number of children in schools and other childhood institutions. The definition of bullying is a matter of debate among researchers. Some researchers emphasize aggressive contra vulnerable individual personality traits as a basic premise for the emergence of bullying behavior. Others conceptualize bullying as an effect of dysfunctional social mechanisms in groups.
In line with such diverse understandings of how to define and understand bullying, researchers also discuss the part played by parents in children’s bullying practices. Researchers who understand bullying as an effect of deficits in individual children tend to explain such deficits as a consequence of inadequate upbringing. Researchers who explain bullying behavior as an effect of dysfunctional social patterns in groups of children (and adults), meanwhile, tend to focus on the ways in which parents interact with each other and with school professionals as one of a number of aspects involved in the processes and outcomes of the school environment as a whole. This entry looks at the conseqences of such approaches for the encounter between school and parents.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe SAGE Encyclopedia of Children and Childhood Studies : vol. 1
EditorsDaniel Thomas Cook
Number of pages3
Place of publicationThousand Oaks, California
PublisherSAGE Publications
Publication year2020
ISBN (print)978-1-4739-4292-9
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5297-1438-8
Publication statusPublished - 2020

    Research areas

  • Bullying, Bullying in school, Bullying and children, bullying and parents

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