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Migrant youth, school composition, and involvement in physical fighting and bullying in 11 countries

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).


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contact: Mr Joe Hancock

item 3316
[17-11-2015 to 17-02-2016]


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