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Int J Public Health. 2008;53(5):272-6. doi: 10.1007/s00038-008-7041-1.

Bullying and subjective health among adolescents at schools in Latvia and Lithuania.

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Department of Public Health and Epidemiology, Riga Stradins university, Dzirciema street 16, 1007, Riga, Latvia. inese.gobina@gmail.com

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To investigate the prevalence of bullying among adolescents in Latvia and Lithuania and to study its association with self-rated health, health complaints, and life satisfaction.

METHODS:

A total of 3417 students in Latvia and 5626 in Lithuania were surveyed using the Health Behaviour Study among School-aged Children 2001/2002 (HBSC) questionnaire and research protocol.

RESULTS:

Being a victim, bully, or bully/victim was reported by 30.1% adolescents in Latvia and 52.3% in Lithuania with the highest proportion reporting being a victim. Bullying was associated with poor subjective health and low life satisfaction.

CONCLUSIONS:

The factors explaining the difference of bullying prevalence between both countries should be studied to develop effective anti-bullying interventions relevant to local conditions.

PMID:
18820834
DOI:
10.1007/s00038-008-7041-1
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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