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

dc.contributor.authorMcMahon, Elaine M.
dc.contributor.authorReulbach, Udo
dc.contributor.authorPerry, Ivan J.
dc.contributor.authorKeeley, Helen S.
dc.contributor.authorArensman, Ella
dc.contributor.funderNational Suicide Review Group, Ireland
dc.contributor.funderIreland Funds
dc.contributor.funderPobal, Ireland
dc.date.accessioned2013-01-24T14:44:24Z
dc.date.available2013-01-24T14:44:24Z
dc.date.copyright2010
dc.date.issued2010-10
dc.description.abstractSchool 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.sponsorshipPobal, Ireland (Dormant Accounts Fund)
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden
dc.description.versionAccepted Versionen
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen
dc.identifier.citationMcMahon, 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.2010.06.034en
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.socscimed.2010.06.034
dc.identifier.endpage1307en
dc.identifier.issued7en
dc.identifier.journaltitleSocial Science & Medicineen
dc.identifier.startpage1300en
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10468/925
dc.identifier.volume71en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherElsevieren
dc.relation.urihttp://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0277953610005319
dc.rights2010 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.2010.06.034en
dc.subjectDeliberate self-harm (DSH)en
dc.subjectAdolescenceen
dc.subjectBoysen
dc.subjectRisk factorsen
dc.subjectMental healthen
dc.subjectSchoolsen
dc.subjectChild and Adolescent Self-harm in Europe (CASE) Studyen
dc.subjectBullyingen
dc.subjectIrelanden
dc.subject.lcshSelf-harm, Deliberateen
dc.subject.lcshAdolescent psychologyen
dc.subject.lcshBullying in schools--Irelanden
dc.titleBullying victimisation, self-harm and associated factors in Irish adolescent boysen
dc.typeArticle (peer-reviewed)en
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