Functions of Parental Involvement and Effects of School Climate on Bullying Behaviors Among South Korean Middle School Students

Chang Hun Lee, Juyoung Song

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Abstract

This study uses an ecological systems theory to understand bullying behavior. Emphasis is given to overcome limitations found in the literature, such as very little empirical research on functions of parental involvement and the impacts of school climate on bullying as an outcome variable. Two functions of parental involvement investigated are (a) bridging the negative experiences within the family with bullying behaviors at schools, and (b) influencing school climate. Bullying behaviors were measured by a modified Korean version of Olweus' bully/victim questionnaire (reliability range: .78-.84) from 1,238 randomly selected Korean middle school students in 2007. Findings from structural equation modeling (SEM) analyses showed that (a) individual traits are one of the most important influence on bullying, (b) negative experiences in the family do not have direct influence on bullying behaviors at school, (c) parental involvement influences school climate, and (d) positive school climate was negatively related to bullying behaviors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2437-2464
Number of pages28
JournalJournal of Interpersonal Violence
Volume27
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology

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