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The Structure of Co-Occurring Bullying Experiences and Associations with Suicidal Behaviors in Korean Adolescents.

Roh BR, Yoon Y, Kwon A, Oh S, Lee SI, Ha K, Shin YM, Song J, Park EJ, Yoo H, Hong HJ - PLoS ONE (2015)

Bottom Line: This study used data gathered from 4,410 treatment-seeking adolescents at their initial visits to 31 local mental health centers in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea.Then, a binomial logistic regression adjusted by propensity scores was conducted to identify relationships between experiences of being bullied and suicidal behaviors.Both physical and non-physical bullying were associated with suicide attempts, with similar effect sizes.

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Affiliation: Suicide and School Mental Health Institute, Anyang, Republic of Korea.

ABSTRACT

Objective: This study had two main goals: to examine the structure of co-occurring peer bullying experiences among adolescents in South Korea from the perspective of victims and to determine the effects of bullying on suicidal behavior, including suicidal ideation and suicide attempts, among adolescents.

Method: This study used data gathered from 4,410 treatment-seeking adolescents at their initial visits to 31 local mental health centers in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea. The structure of peer bullying was examined using latent class analysis (LCA) to classify participants' relevant experiences. Then, a binomial logistic regression adjusted by propensity scores was conducted to identify relationships between experiences of being bullied and suicidal behaviors.

Results: The LCA of experiences with bullying revealed two distinct classes of bullying: physical and non-physical. Adolescents who experienced physical bullying were 3.05 times more likely to attempt suicide than those who were not bullied. Victims of (non-physical) cyber bullying were 2.94 times more likely to attempt suicide than were those who were not bullied.

Conclusions: Both physical and non-physical bullying were associated with suicide attempts, with similar effect sizes. Schools and mental health professionals should be more attentive than they currently are to non-physical bullying.

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Mentions: Fig 2 shows the LCA classes and the distribution of bullying experiences. A total of 4.7% of participants were categorized into Class 1, which includes primarily physical and verbal behaviors that we labeled as “physical.” Class 2, which involves verbal bullying, ostracism, and cyber bullying, but not physical bullying, was labeled as “non-physical” and included 3.5% of the total sample. Class 3, labeled “non-experienced” includes participants who had not experienced any kind of bullying. Verbal bullying was the most common experience among members of Classes 1 and 2. However, participants in Class 2 reported more covert and social features and had no experience with physical bullying.


The Structure of Co-Occurring Bullying Experiences and Associations with Suicidal Behaviors in Korean Adolescents.

Roh BR, Yoon Y, Kwon A, Oh S, Lee SI, Ha K, Shin YM, Song J, Park EJ, Yoo H, Hong HJ - PLoS ONE (2015)

LCA classes and bullying types.
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Related In: Results  -  Collection

License
Show All Figures
getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC4664235&req=5

pone.0143517.g002: LCA classes and bullying types.
Mentions: Fig 2 shows the LCA classes and the distribution of bullying experiences. A total of 4.7% of participants were categorized into Class 1, which includes primarily physical and verbal behaviors that we labeled as “physical.” Class 2, which involves verbal bullying, ostracism, and cyber bullying, but not physical bullying, was labeled as “non-physical” and included 3.5% of the total sample. Class 3, labeled “non-experienced” includes participants who had not experienced any kind of bullying. Verbal bullying was the most common experience among members of Classes 1 and 2. However, participants in Class 2 reported more covert and social features and had no experience with physical bullying.

Bottom Line: This study used data gathered from 4,410 treatment-seeking adolescents at their initial visits to 31 local mental health centers in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea.Then, a binomial logistic regression adjusted by propensity scores was conducted to identify relationships between experiences of being bullied and suicidal behaviors.Both physical and non-physical bullying were associated with suicide attempts, with similar effect sizes.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Suicide and School Mental Health Institute, Anyang, Republic of Korea.

ABSTRACT

Objective: This study had two main goals: to examine the structure of co-occurring peer bullying experiences among adolescents in South Korea from the perspective of victims and to determine the effects of bullying on suicidal behavior, including suicidal ideation and suicide attempts, among adolescents.

Method: This study used data gathered from 4,410 treatment-seeking adolescents at their initial visits to 31 local mental health centers in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea. The structure of peer bullying was examined using latent class analysis (LCA) to classify participants' relevant experiences. Then, a binomial logistic regression adjusted by propensity scores was conducted to identify relationships between experiences of being bullied and suicidal behaviors.

Results: The LCA of experiences with bullying revealed two distinct classes of bullying: physical and non-physical. Adolescents who experienced physical bullying were 3.05 times more likely to attempt suicide than those who were not bullied. Victims of (non-physical) cyber bullying were 2.94 times more likely to attempt suicide than were those who were not bullied.

Conclusions: Both physical and non-physical bullying were associated with suicide attempts, with similar effect sizes. Schools and mental health professionals should be more attentive than they currently are to non-physical bullying.

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Related in: MedlinePlus