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Bullying in School-aged Children in Iceland : A Cross-sectional Study

Garmy, Pernilla LU ; Vilhjálmsson, Rúnar LU and Kristjánsdóttir, Gudrún LU (2017) In Journal of Pediatric Nursing
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Purpose: We describe the frequency and variations in bullying among a representative national sample of school-age children and examine whether sociodemographic characteristics are associated with bullying. Design and Methods: This study is based on a cross-sectional school-based survey-the Icelandic contribution to the international research network Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC). The study population included all students in Iceland in grades 6, 8 and 10 (mean ages: 11, 13 and 15. years, respectively) (participation rate: 84%; n = 11,018). The students completed an anonymous standardized questionnaire administered in the classroom. Results: The self-reported frequency of being victimized by bullying at least 2-3 times... (More)

Purpose: We describe the frequency and variations in bullying among a representative national sample of school-age children and examine whether sociodemographic characteristics are associated with bullying. Design and Methods: This study is based on a cross-sectional school-based survey-the Icelandic contribution to the international research network Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC). The study population included all students in Iceland in grades 6, 8 and 10 (mean ages: 11, 13 and 15. years, respectively) (participation rate: 84%; n = 11,018). The students completed an anonymous standardized questionnaire administered in the classroom. Results: The self-reported frequency of being victimized by bullying at least 2-3 times every month was 5.5%. A younger age, speaking a foreign language at home, not living with one's parents, and living in a rural area, were all associated with higher frequencies of being bullied. Conclusions: Despite efforts to reduce bullying in school, experiences of being victimized through bullying are still too common among Icelandic school-age children. Stakeholders and school health administrators should consider sociodemographic antecedents when planning interventions to reduce bullying at school.

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Bullying, Cross-sectional study, School-aged children
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Journal of Pediatric Nursing
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0882-5963
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10.1016/j.pedn.2017.05.009
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  author       = {Garmy, Pernilla and Vilhjálmsson, Rúnar and Kristjánsdóttir, Gudrún},
  issn         = {0882-5963},
  keyword      = {Bullying,Cross-sectional study,School-aged children},
  language     = {eng},
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  publisher    = {Elsevier},
  series       = {Journal of Pediatric Nursing},
  title        = {Bullying in School-aged Children in Iceland : A Cross-sectional Study},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pedn.2017.05.009},
  year         = {2017},
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