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ERIC Number: EJ1000338
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-May
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-0303-8300
How Bullying Involvement Is Associated with the Distribution of Parental Background and with Subjective Health Complaints among Swedish Boys and Girls
Carlerby, Heidi; Viitasara, Eija; Knutsson, Anders; Gadin, Katja Gillander
Social Indicators Research, v111 n3 p775-783 May 2013
This study aimed to analyze how bullying involvement is associated with the distribution of parental background and with subjective health complaints (SHC) among Swedish boys and girls. Data were collected from the World Health Organization, Health Behavior in School-aged Children (WHO/HBSC) survey, measurement years 1997/1998, 2001/2002 and 2005/2006. A total of 11,972 boys (50.6%) and girls (49.4%) in grades five, seven and nine participated in the study. The adolescents were categorized in subgroups according to parental background: Swedish (80.1%), mixed (10.5%) and foreign (9.7%). Multivariate logistic regressions were used to estimate remaining risk of SHC in the categories of bullying involvement. The frequencies of bullying involvement once or more were: none involved (74.8%), victims (10.6%), bullies (10.3%) and bully/victims (4.4%). Six out of ten involved in bullying were boys. Boys of foreign background were more involved as bullies compared to boys of mixed or Swedish background. Girls of foreign background were more involved in all three categories of bullying than girls of mixed or Swedish background. Increased risk of SHC was estimated among all adolescents involved in bullying, with highest OR in the category of bully/victims, OR 3.95 (CI 3.13-4.97) for the boys and OR 4.51 (CI 4.51-6.40) for the girls. The multivariate models were stable even after adjustment for socio-demographics. There are some associations between bullying involvement and parental background. Regardless of parental background, family affluence, family structure and gender, all adolescents involved in bullying are at increased risk of SHC.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 5; Grade 7; Grade 9; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Sweden