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HBSC Slovakia Publishes: Report on bullying behaviours among Slovak school children

Bullying, as a form of youth violence, has received a great deal of attention in recent years. Both in the media and in public discussions.

Among young people it is well known that bullying has a profound impact on health and well-being. It has been shown that victims of bullying are likely to experience a range of problems, such as depression and anxiety (which can lead to suicide in extreme cases), and are more likely to report internalizing issues, socially withdrawn behaviours and school difficulties (refusal, underachievement and dropout). Being bullied is associated with lowered ability to make friends and loneliness, poor school perceptions, psychosomatic symptoms and higher levels of substance use. The effects of bullying are acute but may also persist into later adolescence and adulthood, with a recent review by Ttofi et al suggesting that victimization from bullying at school significantly increases the likelihood of depression in adulthood.

HBSC's 2009/10 International Report found that Students who bully others report elevated rates of health-risk behaviours such as smoking and excessive drinking, weapon carrying, fighting and being injured through fighting. They also report disconnectedness with parents and negative school perceptions. Previous research has also shown that the use of power and aggression in so-called playground bullying may be an indicator of future sexual harassment, marital aggression, child abuse and elder abuse and is possibly a marker for future delinquency.

Preventing this type of violent and destructive behaviour is not only important to protect young people's health, but also to ensure the development of healthy, happy societies for all generations. Present and future.

This publication, based on data from the Health Behaviour in School-age Children study, reviews the state of bullying among school-aged children in Slovakia. It provides an evidence base for the creation of bullying prevention programmes. It is also intended to support teachers, parents and those working in the education sector to recognise and confront different forms of bullying whenever it occurs.

The report can be found here. For further information please contact Andrea Gekova, the Principal Investigator of HBSC's Slovakian team

see here for further details
contact: Mr Joe Hancock

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[27-01-2014 to 12-02-2014]


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