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ERIC Number: EJ1095979
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-May
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0272-4316
Associations between Body Weight and Bullying among South Korean Adolescents
Kim, Seung-Gon; Yun, Ilhong; Kim, Jae-Hong
Journal of Early Adolescence, v36 n4 p551-574 May 2016
Most previous studies on the association between bullying and body weight were performed using North American or White samples from Western countries. The present study is the first empirical endeavor to examine whether such an association exists in a sample of adolescents from East Asia. Specifically, the authors examined the associations between body weight and bully/victim experiences among a sample of 805 male and 835 female middle school students in South Korea using a questionnaire survey. Results showed that overweight male students were more likely to both physically bully others and be physically victimized by peers in comparison with normal weight boys. However, no association was observed with regard to verbal or relational bully/victim experiences. For female students, body weight was not associated with any types of bully/victim experiences. These findings disparate from prior Western studies highlight the importance of considering cultural and historical contextual factors when attempting to understand the linkage between bullying and body weight among adolescents.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Korea
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