For 30 years HBSC has been a pioneer cross-national study gaining insight into young people's well-being, health behaviours and their social context. This research collaboration with the WHO Regional Office for Europe is conducted every four years in 44 countries and regions across Europe and North America. With adolescents making about one sixth of the world's population, HBSC uses its findings to inform policy and practice to improve the lives of millions of young people. [more]
The numbers of young migrants and children from migrant families globally is increasing. As a result, schools and classrooms are becoming more ethnically diverse. In 2013 the United Nations estimated that of 214 million global international migrants, 20 million were between the ages of 10 and 19.
This study investigated whether a growing number of immigrant students in schools led to greater peer violence in between immigrants and non-immigrants, and whether classmate support could moderate and decrease this level of violence.
A questionnaire was completed by 51,636 students from 11 countries in order to investigate levels of bullying perpetration, bullying victimisation and physical fighting in immigrant schools.
Results showed that in schools with low classmate support, immigrant children, particularly boys, were involved in more physical fights and episodes of bullying than in schools with higher levels of classmate support. Adolescent boys were more likely to be both perpetrators and victims of this violence than girls.
This study highlights that the classroom environment and support of fellow students is a more significant factor than the number of immigrants within a school for violence and bullying to take place.
This study calls for greater awareness of the health risks violence in schools presents in order to reduce it, and increase intervention programmes in schools.
For more information read the full paper online (via Journal of Youth and Adolescence).
[17-11-2015 to 17-02-2016]