Title

Do emotional and behavioural difficulties in primary school predict adolescent victimisation trajectories?

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

Faculty

Faculty of Health, Engineering and Science

School

School of Exercise and Health Sciences/Child Health Promotion Research Centre

RAS ID

15894

Comments

This article was originally published as: Lester L., Cross D. (2014). Do emotional and behavioural difficulties in primary school predict adolescent victimisation trajectories?. Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties, 19(4), 356-370. Original article available here

Abstract

Chronic victimisation in adolescence is a traumatic experience with potential negative long-term health consequences. Given that victimisation has been shown to increase over the transition from primary to secondary school, longitudinal data from 1810 students transitioning from primary to secondary school were used to identify victimisation trajectory groups; classified as low-increasing, low-stable, medium-stable and not-bullied. Males with emotional and behavioural difficulties (both internalising and externalising behaviours) and females with externalising behaviours were more likely to be in the increasing and stable victimised groups than the not-bullied group. The results of this study suggest whole-school bullying intervention programmes need to occur before students reach secondary school, and that transition programmes need to emphasise and support social interaction between peers to reduce victimisation and the harms caused by long-term exposure to bullying.

DOI

10.1080/13632752.2013.876854

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Not open access

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