Kids' bullying behavior may have its roots in parenting methods

08/5/2008 | ScienceDaily

Children raised by demanding parents are more likely to become bullies, while those raised in nurturing environments are less likely to taunt other children, according to research presented at the American Sociological Association annual meeting. "Children learn from their parents how to behave and interact with others," said University of Cincinnati graduate student Elizabeth Sweeney. "Children who experience hostility, abuse, physical discipline and other aggressive behaviors by their parents are more likely to model that behavior in their peer relationships."

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