Family Support, Empathy, and Bystander Help-Seeking Preference in Peer Aggression

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 6,7
  • Skill Level: Introduction
  • Session 1: Promoting Safe and Positive Schools

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. understand the relations between home and school and their influence on school-based bullying.
  2. understand the role of empathy in school-based bullying.
  3. understand the role of bystanders in school-based bullying.


This study aimed to examine the complex relations between two known predictors of bystander decisions in bullying incidents—empathy and family contextual factors—and bystander help-seeking in two preferred choices (i.e., adults and peers) in 826 adolescents in the sixth and ninth grade (49.9% female). Results indicated that empathy served as a partial mediator for the relationship, suggesting that both empathy and the family context can play a role in bystander decisions to intervene.



Jerica L. Knox, North Carolina State University


Secil Gonultas, MA, Kelly Lynn S. Mulvey


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