Longitudinal Analysis of Links Between Bullying Victimization and Psychosomatic Maladjustment in Swedish Schoolchildren
2016 (English)In: Journal of School Violence, ISSN 1538-8220, E-ISSN 1538-8239Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Cross-sectional studies of bullying mask variability in categories of and persistence of bullying victimization. Longitudinal, individual-level data offers a greater insight into schoolchildrenâs psychosomatic maladjustment as a consequence of bullying. Swedish schoolchildren (nÂ =Â 3,349), with unique identifiers, in 44 schools (4thâ9th 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
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-22990DOI: 10.1080/15388220.2016.1222498ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84988447806OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-22990DiVA: diva2:1053081