Personal empowerment in teens related to bullying

Personally empowered teens are less likely to bully, harass and commit acts of sexual violence, according to a study by the University of New Hampshire, Rutgers University and University of Nebraska.

The Journal of Youth and Adolescence published the study. The study claimed that teens who have healthy relationships and support against violence prevention are less likely to mistreat their peers. The study also notes that coping mechanisms that the adolescents thrive and do well are important to prevent interpersonal violence.

Victoria Banyard of Rutgers School of Social Work said that the findings are much important. Banyard, who is the lead author, said that harassment, sexual violence and bullying can be reduced if the adolescents learn to deal with stress and build community connections.

Stress is reduced in individuals who engage more with adolescents from diverse backgrounds, Banyard said.  Positive conversations with teens about healthy relationships are important that can have additional impacts. Adolescence is considered a high-risk age for indulging in violence, online bullying racial bullying and unwanted sexual contact, the researchers said.

They studied the behaviour of about 2,400 students from the middle and high school. The children were asked for a survey and were given several statements. They were asked to comment on alcohol use bullying, harassment and positive social norms related to violence prevention.

 

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