Bullying and Victimization and Internalizing Symptoms among Low-Income Black and Hispanic Students

Melissa Fleschler Peskin, Susan R. Tortolero, Christine M. Markham, Robert C. Addy, Elizabeth R. Baumler

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine bullying/victimization and internalizing symptoms among low-income racial/ethnic-minority adolescents. In the total sample and for females only, victims and bully-victims were more likely to report symptomology. Middle and high school victims, but only middle school bully-victims, were more likely to experience internalizing symptoms. Internalizing symptomology was not significantly increased for bullies in any analysis. These study findings expand the association between bully/victim status and internalizing symptoms to a less-studied population that may be limited in their ability to use and obtain mental health assistance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)372-375
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Adolescent Health
Volume40
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2007
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Bullying
  • Mental health
  • Victimization
  • Youth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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