Family Support, Empathy, and Bystander Help-Seeking Preference in Peer Aggression (PO208)

  • PMD: 6,7
  • Skill Level: Introduction
  • Session 1: Promoting Safe and Positive Schools
  • Live Chat:
    Tuesday, February 23, 2021
    11:30 AM–12:15 PM
    (Posters available on demand at any time during the convention week and for sixty days thereafter.)

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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