The Role of the Family on Adolescent’s Bullying Involvement

Brett, Hannah. 2024. The Role of the Family on Adolescent’s Bullying Involvement. Doctoral thesis, Goldsmiths, University of London [Thesis]

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This thesis presents a mixed method exploration of different family factors and interpersonal relationships in relation to children’s bullying involvement at school, online, and within the home. Five studies are presented. The first is a scoping review on between-sibling bullying, offering an insight into a lesser-known type of bullying, with some consideration of how this may relate to peer bullying. Three studies utilise the Health and Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) survey, offering large-scale cross-national datasets: the first of these investigates the role of family structure and interpersonal relationships on peer bullying, and highlights a risk for children living in social care only; the second looks into sibling characteristics for peer bullying, but the effects of these negligible; the third focuses deeper into the vulnerability for children living in social care. The fifth and final study adopts a qualitative approach and explores bullying involvement for children living in foster care specifically. The findings from this thesis challenge the claims that family structure and sibling characteristics are directly related to peer bullying, and instead reinforce the importance of interpersonal relationships. This is particularly relevant for those living in foster care, who until now have been unheard in the bullying literature. Subsequently, this thesis provides an insight into the experiences of children in foster care, and has the potential to change the way that we support children in care.

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Thesis (Doctoral)

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Bullying; Family Structure; Siblings; Foster care; Social care; Interpersonal Relationships

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30 April 2024

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16 May 2024 16:07

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16 May 2024 16:08


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