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Eur J Public Health. 2015 Apr;25 Suppl 2:61-4. doi: 10.1093/eurpub/ckv029.

Cross-national time trends in bullying victimization in 33 countries among children aged 11, 13 and 15 from 2002 to 2010.

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1 University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, UK.
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2 School of Health Sciences, National University of Ireland Galway, Galway, Ireland.
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3 Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.
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4 University of St Andrews, St Andrews, Scotland.
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5 Queen's University, Kingston, Canada.
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6 Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel.
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2 School of Health Sciences, National University of Ireland Galway, Galway, Ireland Michal.molcho@nuigalway.ie.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Bullying among children and adolescents is a public health concern; victimization is associated with psychological and physical health problems. The purpose of this study is to examine temporal trends in bullying victimization among school-aged children in Europe and North America.

METHODS:

Data were obtained from cross-sectional self-report surveys collected as part of the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) study from nationally representative samples of 11-, 13- and 15-year-olds, from 33 countries and regions which participated in the 2001-02, 2005-06 and 2009-10 surveys. Responses from 581 838 children were included in the analyses. Binary logistic regression was used for the data analyses.

RESULTS:

The binary logistic regression models showed significant decreasing trends in occasional and chronic victimization between 2001-02 and 2009-10 across both genders in a third of participating countries. One country reported significant increasing trends for both occasional and chronic victimization. Gender differences in trends were evident across many countries.

CONCLUSION:

Overall, while still common in many countries, bullying victimization is decreasing. The differences between countries highlight the need to further investigate measures undertaken in countries demonstrating a downward trend.

PMID:
25805790
DOI:
10.1093/eurpub/ckv029
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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