Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

An Attachment Based, Psychoeducational Webinar Designed for Parents to Reduce Bullying in Elementary School Children: A Study of Potential Effectiveness
by Rafiepour, Roxanne, Psy.D., Alliant International University, 2017, 116; 10286591
Abstract (Summary)

This study explored the potential effectiveness of an attachment-based psychoeducational webinar developed by this researcher to educate parents of elementary school children about attachment, bullying and the connection between these two concepts with the overall goal to reduce bullying behavior. Bullying is a prominent mental health issue in which there are few therapeutic resources available for parents. This researcher viewed the problem of bullying through the lens of attachment theory. Based on previous research in this area, the researcher hypothesized that attachment and bullying are related and that an insecure attachment between a parent and child increases the likelihood of bullying. The purpose of the webinar was to help parents foster a higher quality or secure attachment relationship with their child and therefore, support their children in engaging in healthier peer relationships. This was done through education, and interventions developed by the researcher and illustrated in the webinar. This webinar was the first of its kind to make the connection between attachment and bullying and its implications in peer relationships.

This study explored the utility of the webinar by surveying 12 child therapy practitioners who offered quantitative and qualitative data on its overall appropriateness for parents, its usefulness and effectiveness. Overall, the results revealed that participants rated the webinar as generally positive, useful, and effective. Negative and neutral feedback was also provided to the researcher and included themes of shame and lack of receptivity to the webinar. This feedback will be implemented for future revisions to the webinar in order to improve its quality. Clinical implications for parents, schools, treating clinicians, and other caregivers are discussed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Petti, Patrick
Commitee: Michaels, Jerry, Moriguchi, Donna
School: Alliant International University
Department: Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 79/01(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Psychology
Keywords: Attachment, Attachment based intervention, Bullying, Elementary school, Middle school, Peer relationships
Publication Number: 10286591
ISBN: 9780355414769
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