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The problem with low-prevalence of bullying

The problem with low-prevalence of bullying

Title: The problem with low-prevalence of bullying
Author: Arnarsson, Arsaell   orcid.org/0000-0002-5804-8416
Bjarnason, Thoroddur   orcid.org/0000-0002-1400-231X
Date: 2018-07-20
Language: English
Scope: 1535
University/Institute: Háskólinn á Akureyri
University of Akureyri
School: Hug- og félagsvísindasvið (HA)
School of Humanities and Social Sciences (UA)
Department: Félagsvísinda- og lagadeild (HA)
Faculty of Social Sciences and Law (UA)
Series: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health;15(7)
ISSN: 1661-7827
1660-4601 (eISSN)
DOI: 10.3390/ijerph15071535
Subject: Stress; Bullying; Life satisfaction; Adolescents; Streita; Einelti; Unglingar; Gildismat
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11815/1070

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Arnarsson, A. og Bjarnason, T. (2018). The problem with low-prevalence of bullying. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 15(7), e1535. doi:10.3390/ijerph15071535


This paper tests the hypothesis of whether being bullied in an environment where bullying is infrequent decreases adolescents’ life satisfaction. Analyses were based on the international standard questionnaire from the 2005/2006 Health Behaviour in School-aged Children study (HBSC). The sample included answers from 183,736 children in 35 Western, industrialized countries. Our results show that the negative effects of being bullied on the life satisfaction of individuals are stronger in schools and countries where bullying is less frequent. We therefore conclude that the prevalence of bullying in the students’ surroundings may act as a mediating variable explaining the relationship between bullying and life satisfaction.


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