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Aggression in schools: psychosocial outcomes of bullying among Indian adolescents.
Indian J Pediatr. 2014 Nov; 81(11):1171-6.IJ

Abstract

OBJECTIVES

To examine the prevalence of school bullying and to investigate the behavioral, emotional, socio-economic and demographic correlates of bullying behaviors among Indian school going adolescents.

METHODS

Self-reports on bullying involvement were collected from 9th to 10th class students (N = 209; Mean = 14.82 y, SD = 0.96) from Government and Private schools of a north Indian city. Four groups of adolescents were identified: bullies, victims, bully-victims, and non-involved students. The self concept of the child was measured by the Indian adaptation of the Piers Harris Children's Self Concept Scale (CSCS) and emotional and behavioral difficulties by the Youth self report measure of the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire.

RESULTS

The overall prevalence of any kind of bullying behavior was 53 %. One-fifth (19.2 %) of the children were victims of bullying. Boys were more likely to be bully-victims (27.9 %) and girls were more likely to be victims (21.6 %). Bullying status was significantly related to the total self concept scores of the students (F = 5.12, P = 0.002). Victimized adolescents reported the lowest self concept scores. Bully-victims had a higher risk for conduct problems and hyperactivity and were the most likely to have academic difficulties. Bullies had relatively better school grades and high self esteem but had higher risk for hyperactivity and conduct problems as compared to controls.

CONCLUSIONS

Bullying and victimization was widespread among the Indian school going youth. Given the concurrent psychosocial adjustment problems associated with bullying, there is an urgent need for developing intervention programs and sensitizing school personnel.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Pediatrics, Post Graduated Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, 160012, India, pmalhi18@hotmail.com.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

24659440

Citation

Malhi, Prahbhjot, et al. "Aggression in Schools: Psychosocial Outcomes of Bullying Among Indian Adolescents." Indian Journal of Pediatrics, vol. 81, no. 11, 2014, pp. 1171-6.
Malhi P, Bharti B, Sidhu M. Aggression in schools: psychosocial outcomes of bullying among Indian adolescents. Indian J Pediatr. 2014;81(11):1171-6.
Malhi, P., Bharti, B., & Sidhu, M. (2014). Aggression in schools: psychosocial outcomes of bullying among Indian adolescents. Indian Journal of Pediatrics, 81(11), 1171-6. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12098-014-1378-7
Malhi P, Bharti B, Sidhu M. Aggression in Schools: Psychosocial Outcomes of Bullying Among Indian Adolescents. Indian J Pediatr. 2014;81(11):1171-6. PubMed PMID: 24659440.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Aggression in schools: psychosocial outcomes of bullying among Indian adolescents. AU - Malhi,Prahbhjot, AU - Bharti,Bhavneet, AU - Sidhu,Manjit, Y1 - 2014/03/23/ PY - 2013/11/26/received PY - 2014/02/12/accepted PY - 2014/3/25/entrez PY - 2014/3/25/pubmed PY - 2016/9/30/medline SP - 1171 EP - 6 JF - Indian journal of pediatrics JO - Indian J Pediatr VL - 81 IS - 11 N2 - OBJECTIVES: To examine the prevalence of school bullying and to investigate the behavioral, emotional, socio-economic and demographic correlates of bullying behaviors among Indian school going adolescents. METHODS: Self-reports on bullying involvement were collected from 9th to 10th class students (N = 209; Mean = 14.82 y, SD = 0.96) from Government and Private schools of a north Indian city. Four groups of adolescents were identified: bullies, victims, bully-victims, and non-involved students. The self concept of the child was measured by the Indian adaptation of the Piers Harris Children's Self Concept Scale (CSCS) and emotional and behavioral difficulties by the Youth self report measure of the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire. RESULTS: The overall prevalence of any kind of bullying behavior was 53 %. One-fifth (19.2 %) of the children were victims of bullying. Boys were more likely to be bully-victims (27.9 %) and girls were more likely to be victims (21.6 %). Bullying status was significantly related to the total self concept scores of the students (F = 5.12, P = 0.002). Victimized adolescents reported the lowest self concept scores. Bully-victims had a higher risk for conduct problems and hyperactivity and were the most likely to have academic difficulties. Bullies had relatively better school grades and high self esteem but had higher risk for hyperactivity and conduct problems as compared to controls. CONCLUSIONS: Bullying and victimization was widespread among the Indian school going youth. Given the concurrent psychosocial adjustment problems associated with bullying, there is an urgent need for developing intervention programs and sensitizing school personnel. SN - 0973-7693 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/24659440/Aggression_in_schools:_psychosocial_outcomes_of_bullying_among_Indian_adolescents_ L2 - https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12098-014-1378-7 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -