The Relationship between parenting styles and relationally victimized adolescents’ adjustment: Moderation of parents’ victimization status during adolescence

Michelle F. Wright, Jun Sung Hong, Sebastian Wachs

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The present study examined the moderating role of parents’ victimization status during adolescence in the associations between parenting styles, depression, and anxiety among relationally victimized adolescents. There were 436 relationally victimized adolescents (M age = 13.26 years, SD =.56) included in this study, along with their parents (n = 436; M age = 47.01 years, SD =.83; 86% mothers), from the Midwestern region of the United States (N = 872). Adolescents completed questionnaires on their experiences of relational victimization, depression, and anxiety, and perceptions of their parents’ parenting styles. Their parents completed a questionnaire on their relational victimization status during adolescence. Findings from the study revealed that the relationships between the permissive parenting style, depression, and anxiety among relationally victimized adolescents were stronger when adolescents’ parents were also victims of relational bullying during adolescence. These findings underscore the importance of considering parents’ peer victimization history during adolescence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)93-107
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Family Trauma, Child Custody and Child Development
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health(social science)
  • Law
  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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