Journal article

Does bullying cause emotional problems? A prospective study of young teenagers

L Bond, JB Carlin, L Thomas, K Rubin, G Patton

BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL | BRITISH MED JOURNAL PUBL GROUP | Published : 2001

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: To establish the relation between recurrent peer victimisation and onset of self reported symptoms of anxiety or depression in the early teen years. DESIGN: Cohort study over two years. SETTING: Secondary schools in Victoria, Australia. PARTICIPANTS: 2680 students surveyed twice in year 8 (aged 13 years) and once in year 9. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Self reported symptoms of anxiety or depression were assessed by using the computerised version of the revised clinical interview schedule. Incident cases were students scoring >/=12 in year 9 but not previously. Prior victimisation was defined as having been bullied at either or both survey times in year 8. RESULTS: Prevalence of victim..

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