Welcome to CDC Stacks | A Multilevel Investigation of the Association between School Context and Adolescent Nonphysical Bullying - 41830 | CDC Public Access
Stacks Logo
Advanced Search
Select up to three search categories and corresponding keywords using the fields to the right. Refer to the Help section for more detailed instructions.
 
 
Help
Clear All Simple Search
Advanced Search
A Multilevel Investigation of the Association between School Context and Adolescent Nonphysical Bullying
Filetype[PDF - 310.94 KB]


Details:
  • Pubmed ID:
    21532943
  • Pubmed Central ID:
    PMC3083921
  • Funding:
    DA025823-01/DA/NIDA NIH HHS/United States
    K01 MH085710/MH/NIMH NIH HHS/United States
    R03 DA025823/DA/NIDA NIH HHS/United States
    U49 CE000740/CE/NCIPC CDC HHS/United States
  • Document Type:
  • Collection(s):
  • Description:
    Although researchers have identified individual-level predictors of nonphysical bullying among children and youth, school-level predictors (i.e., characteristics of the school environment that influence bullying exposure) remain largely unstudied. Using data from a survey of 1,838 students in 21 Boston public high schools, we used multilevel modeling techniques to estimate the level of variation across schools in student reports of nonphysical bully victimization and identify school-level predictors of bullying. We found significant between school variation in youth reports of nonphysical bullying, with estimates ranging from 25-58%. We tested school-level indicators of academic performance, emotional well-being, and school safety. After controlling for individual-level covariates and demographic controls, the percent of students in the school who met with a mental health counselor was significantly associated with bullying (OR = 1.03, 95% CI = 1.01, 1.06). There was no significant association between school-level academic performance and perceptions of school safety on individual reports of bullying. Findings suggest that prevention and intervention programs may benefit from attending to the emotional well-being of students and support the importance of understanding the role of the school environment in shaping student experiences with bullying.