ERIC Number: EJ698083
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Oct
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Self-Perceived Peer Harassment in a Community Sample of Norwegian School Children
Ronning, J.A.; Handegaard, B.H.; Sourander, A.
Child Abuse and Neglect: The International Journal, v28 n10 p1067-1079 Oct 2004
Objective:: The experience of being harassed is associated with various forms of maladjustment. This study examined the prevalence of three domains of harassment, and their associations with emotional and behavioral problems. Method:: A total of 4,130 young people in 6th through 10th grade in 66 primary and secondary schools in Norway completed questionnaires on self-perceived harassment and emotional and behavioral problems. Results:: The structural psychometric properties of the scales of harassment showed an acceptable fit to the data. Boys reported more harassment on all items and domains than girls across grades. Strong associations between self-perceived harassment and psychiatric impact and behavioral and emotional problems, especially peer problems and conduct disorder, were revealed. Discussion:: The study adds to the understanding of the concept of harassment and its correlations with emotional and behavioral problems. The study underscores the importance of conducting routine screening in school as an important basis for the subsequent improvement in children's relationships.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Adjustment (to Environment), Organizations (Groups), Grade 10, Questionnaires, Psychometrics, Bullying, Behavior Problems, Emotional Problems
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Identifiers - Location: Norway