Young people with good family relationships are more likely to intervene when they witness bullying or other aggressive behaviour at school, according to a new study conducted by researchers at North Carolina State University, New York.
The findings, published in the Journal of Youth and Adolescence, found that kids who were already excluded or discriminated against by peers or teachers were less likely to stand up for victims of bullying.
interventions are very effective in curbing bullying and aggressive behaviors.
The team focused on 450 sixth-graders and 446 ninth-graders and
collected data on their relationships with teachers, parents and peers, based
on given six scenarios, each of which dealt with a specific aggressive act -- physical
aggression, cyber-bullying, social exclusion or rejection by a group, intimate
partner violence, social aggression such as teasing or mean-spirited gossip and
exclusion by a former friend.