The Role of Communication Storytelling Networks in Bullying: A Comparison Between U.S. and Korean Adolescents

Seok Kang, Yongkuk Chung, Wonjun Chung



This study examines the role of storytelling networks in adolescents’ coping with bullying in the United States and South Korea. A survey of 504 U.S. and 302 Korean adolescents found that storytelling networks were important precursors to supportive communication, which developed self-efficacy and life satisfaction. For both U.S.and Korean adolescents, interpersonal networks and media connectedness were significant predictors for social support and evaluation of support, whereas connection to community organizations did not positively predictsocial support. Adolescents are likely to discuss bullying personally and receive support from media exposure in terms of information or coping strategies. They do not consider disclosing bullying to community organizations to seek support. The results revealed similarities between the two cultures in dealing with bullying. This study suggests that the government and local social organizations provide adolescents with communication channels to increase opportunities for adolescents to receive support.



bullying, communication infrastructure, storytelling networks, social support, evaluation of support, self-efficacy, life satisfaction

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