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Child reported parenting style and roles taken in peer-victimisation

Child reported parenting style and roles taken in peer-victimisation

Farr, Nicola, Monks, Claire and Maras, Pam (2010) Child reported parenting style and roles taken in peer-victimisation. In: BPS Developmental Psychology Section Conference 2010, 12-15 Sep 2010, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Amongst older children, research exploring the effect of family influences on general levels of aggression consistently points to poor parenting skills as a causal role (e.g. Kandel & Wu, 1995; Loeber et al., 1998). However, little research in this area has focused specifically on the relationship between parenting and peer-victimisation among very young children at the point when they are first starting school. In the present study, child reported parenting style was examined in terms of the roles taken in peer-victimisation, as nominated by peers, self, teachers and parents. The key roles examined were Aggressor, Victim, and Defender. The sample comprised 143 children drawn from seven Primary schools in South East London, mean age = 61 months (SD=3.37). Parenting Style was assessed using a newly-developed computerised version of the Parenting Style Questionnaire (PSQ; Bowers, Smith & Binney, 1994). The findings suggest that even amongst very young children parenting style may be extremely influential in determining the roles children take in peer-victimisation. In particular, there was evidence that neglectful parenting may be a risk factor for the development of aggression, but may also serve as a protective factor and enhance defensive behaviour where parents are perceived as being low in neglect.

Item Type: Conference or Conference Paper (Paper)
Additional Information: [1] Presented at BPS Developmental Psychology Section Conference 2010, held 12-15 September 2010, Goldsmiths, University of London, London, UK. [2] Abstract of paper published and held on conference programme/schedule website.
Uncontrolled Keywords: peer-victimisation, preschoolers, parenting style
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Health & Social Care
School of Health & Social Care > Department of Psychology & Counselling
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Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:12
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URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/4900

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