Parent Communication and Bullying Among Hispanic Adolescent Girls

Ariel U. Smith, Anne E. Norris

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In this article, we report findings regarding parent communication and daughter’s experiences of bullying and victimization in a sample of Hispanic families with seventh-grade daughters. About 57% of daughters reported experiencing any form of victimization and 37% reported engaging in some type of bullying behavior. Overall, the most common type of victimization reported was verbal/emotional bullying (36%). Nearly all parents agreed they had spoken with their daughters about the dangers of bullying perpetration (95%) and how to handle being victimized (96%), but there was no association between the frequency with which parents spoke with their daughters about bullying perpetration and their child’s victimization experiences. Additionally, the gap between parent and child acculturation did not appear to moderate this association. The high incidence of self-reported bullying perpetration and victimization experiences underscores the need for school nurses, parents, and school personnel to address bullying behavior.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)222-232
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of School Nursing
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1 2020


  • Hispanic
  • acculturation gap
  • bullying
  • early adolescents
  • parent communication

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing (miscellaneous)


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