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(p. 97) Children with Peer Relationship Difficulties 

(p. 97) Children with Peer Relationship Difficulties
(p. 97) Children with Peer Relationship Difficulties

Karyn L. Healy

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date: 17 January 2019

Friendships are an important source of support for children, and problems with peers can be detrimental to well-being. Of all peer problems, involvement in bullying has the most serious outcomes for both victims and perpetrators. Whole-school interventions alone make insufficient impact on the issue. Research shows that parenting influences children’s peer skills and relationships. Children first learn skills for relating to peers through interactions with their parents and siblings and through opportunities orchestrated by parents. Facilitative parenting describes strategies that support children’s development of peer skills and relationships. This chapter describes a trial of Resilience Triple P, a family intervention utilizing facilitative parenting. It reviews recent evidence that suggests that parenting interventions might also reduce bullying behavior. Future research could explore the effectiveness of parenting interventions in reducing bullying and test the combined influence of school and family interventions in improving children’s peer relationships.

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