ASSOCIATION BETWEEN FAMILY ENVIRONMENT AND THE BULLYING PHENOMENON AMONG SCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN: A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW

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Claudio Costantino, Vincenzo Restivo, Francesco Scarpitta, Gianmarco Ventura, Claudia Marotta, Stefania Enza Bono, Evelina Arcidiacono, Carlo Roberto Gambino, Maurizio Gentile, Sara Palmeri, Giovanna Ripoli, Claudia Emilia Sannasardo, Pierfrancesco Sannasardo, Carlotta Vella, Alessandra Casuccio, Walter Mazzucco

There is a lack of evidence about the possible role of the family environment in the occurrence of the bullying phenomenon among school-age children. We carried out a systematic review of the literature to investigate the positive and negative family determinants associated with the bullying phenomenon. Potential classes of determinants – e.g. interparental conflict and/or parenting behaviours – were studied by searching peer-reviewed literature published between the January 2008 and December 2018 on PubMed/MEDLINE, SCOPUS and ISI Web of Science. At the end of the eligibility process, only 3 studies met all the inclusion criteria, and were then included in the narrative synthesis. Mother destructive profile and excessive infant crying resulted significantly associated with child emotional insecurity and conduct/mood problems at the age of 5-6 years, respectively. Moreover, a decrease of medically unexplained symptoms in adolescent was observed after a one-year family functioning therapy. This body of evidences should raise the interest of the researchers in order to invest in depth the family unit impact on the bullying phenomenon in school environment.

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