Students Who Feel a Greater Sense of Belonging with their Peers, Family and School Community are Less Likely to Become Bullies

URL: http://munews.missouri.edu/news-releases/2019/0730-students-with-a-greater-sense-of-family-and-school-belonging-are-less-likely-to-become-bullies/

Researchers at the University of Missouri have found that students who feel a greater sense of belonging with their peers, family and school community are less likely to become bullies. Their findings suggest that parents and teachers should consider ways to create a supportive and accepting environment both at home and at school.


Christopher Slaten and Chad Rose, associate professors in the MU College of Education, along with Jonathan Ferguson, a graduate candidate in the counseling psychology program, analyzed survey responses from more than 900 middle school students from rural schools throughout the U.S. The survey addressed their sense of belonging among peers, family and school community as well as bullying behavior. For example, they were asked if they upset others for the fun of it or if they spread rumors.

The results indicate that the more a student feels like they belong among their peers and family, the more likely they will feel like they belong at school. In addition, the more they feel like they belong within their school community, the less likely they were to report bullying behaviors. This indicates that parents might be able to play a proactive role in increasing their child's sense of belonging at school by focusing on improving family belongingness. Slaten suggests that one of the ways parents can increase a child's sense of family belonging is to organize activities that cater to every child's interests.

Topics: Safety, Bullying and violence prevention
Location: US
Resource Type: strategies and interventions
Publisher: University of Missouri
Date Last Updated: 2021-07-18 09:25:17

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