ERIC Number: EJ775519
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
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Implications of Inadequate Parental Bonding and Peer Victimization for Adolescent Mental Health
Rigby, K.; Slee, P. T.; Martin, G.
Journal of Adolescence, v30 n5 p801-812 Oct 2007
Previous studies have indicated significant associations between relatively poor mental health of children and both perceived negative parenting and exposure to peer victimization at school. This paper examines their relative contribution to the mental status of adolescent school children. Questionnaires were administered to Australian school children (n=1432) aged 12-16 years. These contained reliable self-report measures of mental health (the GHQ) parental bonding (the PBI) and degree of peer victimization. As predicted, multiple regression analyses indicated that low levels of perceived parental care, high parental control and frequent peer victimization were each significantly and independently associated with relatively poor mental health. Together, they accounted for some 17% and 27% of variance in the mental health status of adolescent boys and girls, respectively. Theoretical and practical implications of these findings are considered. Limitations of the study are also discussed (deleted).
Descriptors: Victims of Crime, Mental Health, Parent Child Relationship, Bullying, Peer Relationship, Correlation, Mental Disorders, Child Rearing, Foreign Countries, Adolescents
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Australia