“Help, I’m Getting Bullied”: Examining Sequences of Teacher Support Messages Provided to Bullied Students

Carly M. Danielson, Susanne M. Jones

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Abstract

Many students who seek out teachers for help when getting bullied report receiving unhelpful support. We theorized that the placement of support types (emotional, informational, network) in a conversation influences participants’ (N = 640) supportiveness evaluations. Results suggest that 1) conversations with more than one support type were evaluated as most supportive; 2) conversations featuring network support anywhere were viewed as more supportive; and 3) the emotional support–only conversation was viewed as least supportive, whereas the emotional-and-network support conversation was viewed as most supportive. We end by providing useful information for bullied students’ postbullying adjustments and bullying education curricula for teachers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)113-132
Number of pages20
JournalWestern Journal of Communication
Volume83
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

Keywords

  • Coping
  • Optimal Matching
  • Social Ties
  • Support Providers
  • Supportive Communication

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