(DALLAS) -- Children whose parents are more involved in their lives are less likely to become bullies, according to a study conducted by the Children’s Medical Center in Dallas.
Researchers analyzed two national surveys from 2003 and 2007 and found there was a particular pattern of parental interaction that associated with kids who bullied. The findings of the study, which were presented at a Pediatric Academic Societies meeting, show that 10-to-17-year-olds who bully had higher rates of parents who feel angry with them, have greater rates of emotional/developmental/behavioral problems, and reported doing things that “bothered” parents a lot.
Researchers also found that parents of children who weren’t bullies talked with their children and had met most, if not all, of their children’s friends.
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