My Child Was Bullied: An Exploratory Mixed Methods Study Considering Parents of Children with Developmental Disabilities as Secondary Victims of Bullying Abuse

Research Study

In a National Survey (NCES, 2019) among adolescents in grades 6 to 12, approximately one in five students (20.2%) reported being bullied. Bullying disproportionately affects adolescents with emotion regulation and communication deficits, such as children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders or other developmental disabilities (Blake et al., 2012). Qualitative studies have demonstrated that the parents of children who are bullied experience deep hurt, sadness, fear, helplessness, guilt, as well as chronic anger towards the bully and or individuals within the system(s) that enable bullying abuse (Brown, 2010; Harcourt et al., 2015; Herring, 2019). The present study seeks to better understand to what extent parents of bullying victims with developmental disabilities have been impacted by bullying abuse. This study will include measures of mental health and well-being, as well as three open-ended responses, for parent participants.

At this time, we are recruiting participants who have children with a learning disorder, developmental disability or developmental delay. We ask that the child have been between the ages of 10 and 18 (adolescence) when the bullying incident(s) occurred. The survey will take 15-30 minutes and can be accessed through this link:

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Published on: May 19 2023

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