Journal Article

Bullying among middle-school students in low and middle income countries

Lila C. Fleming and Kathryn H. Jacobsen

in Health Promotion International

Volume 25, issue 1, pages 73-84
Published in print March 2010 | ISSN: 0957-4824
Published online November 2009 | e-ISSN: 1460-2245 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/heapro/dap046
Bullying among middle-school students in low and middle income countries

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This analysis of data from the Global School-based Student Health Survey examined the prevalence of bully victimization in middle-school students in 19 low- and middle-income countries and also explored the relationship between bullying, mental health and health behaviors. In most countries, boys were more likely than girls to report being bullied and the prevalence of bullying was lower with increasing age. Students who reported being bullied in the past month were more likely than non-bullied students to report feelings of sadness and hopelessness, loneliness, insomnia and suicidal ideation. Bullied students also reported higher rates of tobacco use, alcohol use, drug use and sexual intercourse.

Keywords: adolescents; health behaviors; low-income countries

Journal Article.  5812 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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