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Longitudinal Analysis of Links Between Bullying Victimization and Psychosomatic Maladjustment in Swedish Schoolchildren
School of Law, Psychology and Social Work, Örebro University, Örebro, Sweden.
University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Educational sciences, Educational science.
School of Law, Psychology and Social Work, Örebro University, Örebro, Sweden.
2016 (English)In: Journal of School Violence, ISSN 1538-8220, E-ISSN 1538-8239Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Cross-sectional studies of bullying mask variability in categories of and persistence of bullying victimization. Longitudinal, individual-level data offers a greater insight into schoolchildren’s psychosomatic maladjustment as a consequence of bullying. Swedish schoolchildren (n = 3,349), with unique identifiers, in 44 schools (4th–9th grade), answered a questionnaire at baseline and 1-year follow-up. Longitudinal trends for nonvictims (88%), ceased victims (4.7%), new victims (5.7%), and continuing victims (1.6%) revealed that new victims had the largest decrease in well-being; continuing victims had a smaller though not significant decrease; while ceased victims showed a small, (nonsignificant) increase in well-being over the measurement period. It was also discovered that children not bullied at baseline but bullied subsequently, differed, at baseline, from their never-bullied peers through lower levels of overall well-being. It is argued that this finding has implications for prevention strategies.

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Bullying; individual-level longitudinal data; peer victimization; somatic and emotional maladjustment; well-being
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-22990DOI: 10.1080/15388220.2016.1222498ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84988447806OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-22990DiVA: diva2:1053081
Available from: 2016-12-08 Created: 2016-12-08 Last updated: 2016-12-08Bibliographically approved

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