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

Inese Gobina, Apolinaras Zaborskis, Iveta Pudule, Ilze Kalnins, Anita Villerusa

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)272-276
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Public Health
Volume53
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Keywords

  • Adolescence
  • Bullying
  • Health

Field of Science

  • 3.3 Health sciences

Publication Type

  • 1.1. Scientific article indexed in Web of Science and/or Scopus database

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