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J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2004 Jul;45(5):1015-29.

Bullied by siblings: association with peer victimisation and behaviour problems in Israeli lower secondary school children.

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University of Bristol, Division of Child Health, ALSPAC, UK. Dieter.Wolke@bristol.ac.uk, Dieter.Wolke@jacobsfoundation.org

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The association of bullying victimisation by siblings with a) involvement in bullying at school and b) behaviour problems among lower secondary school children in Israel was investigated.

METHOD:

Self-report questionnaires of sibling victimisation, peer bullying experiences and behaviour problems were completed by 921 pupils aged 12-15 (mean age 13.7 years).

RESULTS:

Of the sample, 16.2% were directly bullied by their siblings at home and 11.9% were direct victims of bullying by peers at school every week. More than half of victims of bullying by siblings (50.7%) were also involved in bullying behaviour at school compared to only 12.4% of those not victimised by siblings, indicating a strong link between intrafamilial and extrafamilial peer relationships. Children with poor sibling and peer relationships were at a highly increased risk for behaviour problems. Ethnic (Israeli Jewish vs. Arab) and sex differences were small compared to the effects of sibling relationship on behaviour problems.

CONCLUSION:

Intervention strategies directed at reducing bullying in school should take into account pupils' experiences of victimisation by siblings at home.

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