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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15(7), 1535; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15071535

The Problem with Low-Prevalence of Bullying

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School of Education, University of Iceland, IS-101 Reykjavik, Iceland
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School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Akureyri, IS-600 Akureyri, Iceland
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Received: 2 June 2018 / Revised: 7 July 2018 / Accepted: 10 July 2018 / Published: 20 July 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Stress, Coping, and Resilience in Adolescents)
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This paper tests the hypothesis of whether being bullied in an environment where bullying is infrequent decreases adolescents’ life satisfaction. Analyses were based on the international standard questionnaire from the 2005/2006 Health Behaviour in School-aged Children study (HBSC). The sample included answers from 183,736 children in 35 Western, industrialized countries. Our results show that the negative effects of being bullied on the life satisfaction of individuals are stronger in schools and countries where bullying is less frequent. We therefore conclude that the prevalence of bullying in the students’ surroundings may act as a mediating variable explaining the relationship between bullying and life satisfaction. View Full-Text
Keywords: stress; bullying; life satisfaction; adolescents stress; bullying; life satisfaction; adolescents
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Arnarsson, A.; Bjarnason, T. The Problem with Low-Prevalence of Bullying. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15, 1535.

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