"I Am Not Scared" Project
The health, risk behavior and bullying roles of children involved in school bullying behaviors in Kaunas
Giedrė Širvinskienė, Nida Žemaitienė, Alina Didžiokienė
A Journal „Visuomenės sveikata” Nr. 2(41)
children, bullying, suicidal risk, risk behavior.
Newspaper / Magazine article
Parents, Teachers, Young People, General public.
1 - 20 pages
The aim of this study was to overview the impact of bullying and bullying of others connection to students’ wellbeing, subjectively considered possibility to make friends, smoking and alcohol drinking habits and illegal drug use. The study was performed in Kaunas 2005, 1053 adolescents of12–18 age were questioned. The study showed that 52,4% of children were both bullies and victims of bullying – aggressive victims, only 13,3% of children were not involved in bullying behavior. The experience of being bullied was related with higher suicidality, worse health and unhappiness feelings, and more frequent loneliness. Bullying victims had three times higher risk of feeling unhappy, six times higher risk of difficulties of making new friends, and about twice higher risk of suicidality, loneliness feelings, bad health in comparison with their not bullied classmates. The bullying others were related with more frequent smoking, alcohol and drug substance use. The bullies had about two and half times higher risk of smoking, three times higher risk of alcohol and drug use in comparison with nonbullies. The highest risk group from all involved in bullying behaviors should be kept the aggressive victims, because they are distinguishing from other contemporaries for highest suicide risk, and have risk factors of health, social relationships and risk behaviors, both as victims and as bullies. These findings and the fact that more than half of 12 – 18 aged children are aggressive victims indicate the importance of bullying prevention in schools and importance to pay bigger attention to aggressive victims' problems.
This document has been chosen in order to learn more about bullying influence on young children, bullying and bullying of others children connection to students’ wellbeing and development of addictions.
Kaunas University of Technology
I Am Not Scared Project
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