Bullying victimisation, self-harm and associated factors in Irish adolescent boys

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dc.contributor.author McMahon, Elaine M.
dc.contributor.author Reulbach, Udo
dc.contributor.author Perry, Ivan J.
dc.contributor.author Keeley, Helen S.
dc.contributor.author Arensman, Ella
dc.date.accessioned 2013-01-24T14:44:24Z
dc.date.available 2013-01-24T14:44:24Z
dc.date.copyright 2010
dc.date.issued 2010-10
dc.identifier.citation McMahon, E. M., Reulbach, U., Keeley, H., Perry, I. J., & Arensman, E. (2010). 'Bullying victimisation, self harm and associated factors in Irish adolescent boys'. Social science & Medicine, 71(7), pp. 1300-1307. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2010.06.034 en
dc.identifier.volume 71 en
dc.identifier.issued 7 en
dc.identifier.startpage 1300 en
dc.identifier.endpage 1307 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/925
dc.identifier.doi 10.1016/j.socscimed.2010.06.034
dc.description.abstract School bullying victimisation is associated with poor mental health and self harm. However, little is known about the lifestyle factors and negative life events associated with victimisation, or the factors associated with self harm among boys who experience bullying. The objectives of the study were to examine the prevalence of bullying in Irish adolescent boys, the association between bullying and a broad range of risk factors among boys, and factors associated with self harm among bullied boys and their non-bullied peers. Analyses were based on the data of the Irish centre of the Child and Adolescent Self Harm in Europe (CASE) study (boys n ¼ 1870). Information was obtained on demographic factors, school bullying, deliberate self harm and psychological and lifestyle factors including negative life events. In total 363 boys (19.4%) reported having been a victim of school bullying at some point in their lives. The odds ratio of lifetime self harm was four times higher for boys who had been bullied than those without this experience. The factors that remained in the multivariate logistic regression model for lifetime history of bullying victimisation among boys were serious physical abuse and self esteem. Factors associated with self harm among bullied boys included psychological factors, problems with schoolwork, worries about sexual orientation and physical abuse, while family support was protective against self harm. Our findings highlight the mental health problems associated with victimisation, underlining the importance of anti-bullying policies in schools. Factors associated with self harm among boys who have been bullied should be taken into account in the identification of boys at risk of self harm. en
dc.description.sponsorship Pobal, Ireland (Dormant Accounts Fund)
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Elsevier en
dc.relation.uri http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0277953610005319
dc.rights 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. Copyright © 2010, Elsevier. NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Social Science & Medicine. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Social Science & Medicine, [71, October 2010] http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2010.06.034 en
dc.subject Deliberate self-harm (DSH) en
dc.subject Adolescence en
dc.subject Boys en
dc.subject Risk factors en
dc.subject Mental health en
dc.subject Schools en
dc.subject Child and Adolescent Self-harm in Europe (CASE) Study en
dc.subject Bullying en
dc.subject Ireland en
dc.subject.lcsh Self-harm, Deliberate en
dc.subject.lcsh Adolescent psychology en
dc.subject.lcsh Bullying in schools--Ireland en
dc.title Bullying victimisation, self-harm and associated factors in Irish adolescent boys en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Elaine McMahon, Epidemiology and Public Health: NSRF, University Collge Cork, Ireland. Email: e.mcmahon@ucc.ie en
dc.internal.availability Full text available en
dc.description.version Accepted Version en
dc.internal.rssid 69093247
dc.contributor.funder National Suicide Review Group, Ireland
dc.contributor.funder Ireland Funds
dc.contributor.funder Pobal, Ireland
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Social Science & Medicine en
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