ERIC Number: EJ1057158
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-May
Abstractor: As Provided
High School Students' Experiences of Bullying and Victimization and the Association with School Health Center Use
Lewis, Catherine; Deardorff, Julianna; Lahiff, Maureen; Soleimanpour, Samira; Sakashita, Kimi; Brindis, Claire D.
Journal of School Health, v85 n5 p318-326 May 2015
Background: Bullying and victimization are ongoing concerns in schools. School health centers (SHCs) are well situated to support affected students because they provide crisis intervention, mental health care, and broader interventions to improve school climate. This study examined the association between urban adolescents' experiences of school-based bullying and victimization and their use of SHCs. Methods: Data was analyzed from 2063 high school students in 5 Northern California school districts using the 2009-2010 California Healthy Kids Survey. Chi-square tests and multivariate logistic regression were used to measure associations. Methoda: Students who were bullied or victimized at school had significantly higher odds of using the SHCs compared with students who were not, and were also significantly more likely to report confidentiality concerns. The magnitude of associations was largest for Asian/Pacific Islander students, though this was likely due to greater statistical power. African American students reported victimization experiences at approximately the same rate as their peers, but were significantly less likely to indicate they experienced bullying. Conclusions: Findings suggest that SHCs may be an important place to address bullying and victimization at school, but confidentiality concerns are barriers that may be more common among bullied and victimized youth.
Descriptors: Bullying, Victims, Urban Schools, Adolescents, High School Students, Student Surveys, Regression (Statistics), At Risk Students, School Health Services, Intervention, Correlation, Comparative Analysis, Confidentiality, Racial Differences, Asian American Students, Pacific Islanders, African American Students, Barriers
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Sponsor: US Department of Health and Human Services; Health Resources and Services Administration (DHHS), Maternal and Child Health Bureau; National Institute of Mental Health (DHHS/NIH)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California
Grant or Contract Numbers: T32MH019545-21; U45MC 00002; U45MC 00023