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NCJ Number: 222049 Find in a Library
Title: School Bullying and the Mental Health of Junior Secondary School Students in Hong Kong
Journal: Journal of School Violence  Volume:7  Issue:2  Dated:2008  Pages:3-20
Author(s): Josephine W.Y. Ng; Sandra K.M. Tsang
Date Published: 2008
Page Count: 18
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The purpose of this study was to examine the phenomenon of school bullying and its effect on the mental health of junior secondary school students in Hong Kong.
Abstract: Results indicate that verbal bullying was the most frequently observed, acted, and experienced bullying behavior. The relationship between school bullying and health consequences is confirmed and shown for the first time in Hong Kong. There is a significant relation amongst the scores on victim scales, scores on mental health, and the scores on the psychological scales. The mental health of the victims and the bully victims were poorer than that of others. After an indepth exploration of the role of gender in bullying, gender was found to be a mediator between school bullying and the mental health of students. Female students suffered more than male students from mental health, anxiety, depression, and had inadequate coping skills. School bullying has been identified in all areas of the world as a serious problem for school-aged children. This research study addressed (1) the nature and extent of school bullying in Hong Kong, (2) the gender-specific pattern in school bullying behaviors, (3) the relationship among peer victimization, gender, and mental health, and (4) the predictive power of participant role and gender with regard to mental health. A cross-sectional survey was completed in 2003 by 366 secondary school students, both boys and girls, in Hong Kong. Tables, references
Main Term(s): Bullying; Hong Kong; Mental health
Index Term(s): Adolescents at risk; Asia; Children at risk; Crime in schools; Group behavior; Individual behavior; Juvenile psychological evaluation; Peer influences on behavior; Psychological evaluation; School influences on crime
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