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J Affect Disord. 2015 Sep 1;183:315-21. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2015.05.011. Epub 2015 May 15.

Correlates of bullying in Quebec high school students: The vulnerability of sexual-minority youth.

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1
Département de sexologie, UQAM, Montréal 4031, Québec, Canada.
2
Département de sexologie, UQAM, Montréal 4031, Québec, Canada. Electronic address: blais.martin@uqam.ca.
3
École de psychologie, Université Laval, Québec, Canada.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

Bullying has become a significant public health issue, particularly among youth. This study documents cyberbullying, homophobic bullying and bullying at school or elsewhere and their correlates among both heterosexual and sexual-minority high school students in Quebec (Canada).

METHOD:

A representative sample of 8194 students aged 14-20 years was recruited in Quebec (Canada) high schools. We assessed cyberbullying, homophobic bullying and bullying at school or elsewhere in the past 12 months and their association with current self-esteem and psychological distress as well as suicidal ideations.

RESULTS:

Bullying at school or elsewhere was the most common form of bullying (26.1%), followed by cyberbullying (22.9%) and homophobic bullying (3.6%). Overall, girls and sexual-minority youth were more likely to experience cyberbullying and other forms of bullying as well as psychological distress, low self-esteem and suicidal ideations. The three forms of bullying were significantly and independently associated with all mental health outcomes.

CONCLUSIONS:

The results underscore the relevance of taking into account gender and sexual orientation variations in efforts to prevent bullying experience and its consequences.

KEYWORDS:

Cyberbullying; Homophobic bullying; Psychological distress; Self-esteem; Sexual-minority youth; Suicidal ideations

PMID:
26047959
PMCID:
PMC4641744
DOI:
10.1016/j.jad.2015.05.011
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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