Journal article

Cumulative Effects of Bullying and Racial Discrimination on Adolescent Health in Australia

Naomi Priest, Anne Kavanagh, Laia Becares, Tania King

JOURNAL OF HEALTH AND SOCIAL BEHAVIOR | SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC | Published : 2019

Abstract

This study examined how cumulative exposure to racial discrimination and bullying victimization influences the health of Australian adolescents (n = 2802) aged 10 to 11 years (19.3% visible ethnic minorities [nonwhite, non-Indigenous]; 2.6% Indigenous) using data from three waves (2010-2014) of the nationally representative Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC). Cumulative exposure to racial discrimination and bullying victimization had incremental negative effects on socioemotional difficulties. Higher accumulated exposure to both stressors across time was associated with increased body mass index z-scores and risk of overweight/obesity. Studies that examine exposure to single ri..

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