Bullying and Internalizing Problems: Gender Differences and the Buffering Role of Parental Communication

Maggie Ledwell, Valarie King

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Abstract

Bullying is a widespread problem facing American adolescents. A better understanding of factors that may moderate the impact of bullying is important given its negative consequences for well-being. This study examines the association between bullying experiences and internalizing problems among a nationally representative sample of young adolescents. Additionally, we consider the ease of parental communication as a potential moderating factor in these associations. Using a structural equation modeling technique, results suggest that bullying is characteristically different for adolescent boys and girls and that its association with internalizing problems is stronger for adolescent females. Results also indicate that parental communication moderates the association between bullying and internalizing problems; higher levels of parental communication buffer adolescents against the negative influence of bullying.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)543-566
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Family Issues
Volume36
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 20 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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