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ERIC Number: EJ1051464
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Mar
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0033-3085
Effects of Teacher-Student Relationships on Peer Harassment: A Multilevel Study
Lucas-Molina, Beatriz; Williamson, Ariel A.; Pulido, Rosa; Pérez-Albéniz, Alicia
Psychology in the Schools, v52 n3 p298-315 Mar 2015
Peer harassment is a major social problem affecting children and adolescents internationally. Much research has focused on student-to-student harassment from either an individual or a multilevel perspective. There is a paucity of multilevel research on students' relationships with the classroom teacher. The purpose of this study was to use a socioecological perspective to examine the relationships between individual student-level characteristics, problematic teacher-student relationships, and student-reported peer harassment. A total of 1,864 children (50.7% female) aged 8 to 13 years (M = 9.82, SD = 1.24), nested in 27 schools (58.2% public) in Spain, participated in the study. Ninety-four homeroom teachers reported on teacher-student relationships, and students completed self-report measures related to peer harassment and teacher-student relationships. Multilevel models showed that relationships between students and teachers exerted a varying degree of influence on classroom levels of peer harassment. Specifically, student-reported teacher support was associated with diminished student-reported peer victimization, whereas direct and indirect student-reported teacher-to-student aggression was associated with increased peer victimization. Additionally, student-reported student-to-teacher aggression and teacher-to-student aggression were associated with increased student-reported peer aggression. Teacher-reported variables at the classroom level, however, contributed little to student-reported outcomes. Results are discussed in the context of future research on relationships between teachers and students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Spain
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