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Aggressive Behaviors among 15–16-Year-Old Romanian High School Students: Results from Two Consecutive Surveys Related to Alcohol and Other Drug Use at the European Level

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Department of Public Health, Victor Babes University of Medicine and Pharmacy, 300172 Timisoara, Romania
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Management and Professional Development, The National School of Public Health, 021253 Bucharest, Romania
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(10), 3670; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17103670
Received: 24 April 2020 / Revised: 14 May 2020 / Accepted: 19 May 2020 / Published: 22 May 2020
The aim of this paper is to examine aggressive behaviors among Romanian high school students between 15 and 16 years old, to compare data in two national representative samples and to identify factors associated with physical fighting. This study investigates the association of selected factors (social, school performance and substance use) with physical fighting. A total of 2289 Romanian students were included in the 2007 database and 2770 in the 2011 database. This study revealed that 35.87% of the teenagers have taken part in a physical fight during the previous 12 months, as compared with the European average of 31.5%. Romania has the highest prevalence of violent behavior by participating in a group bruising of an individual in both surveys, 2007 and 2011. A logistic regression analysis performed for the 2011 study revealed the following factors associated with physical fighting: binge drinking during the previous 30 days, male gender, serious problems with friends, parent(s) who do not know where and with whom the adolescents spend their evenings, poor parental caring, low school grades, and high truancy. A decrease in almost all aggressive behaviors was noticed in 2011, compared to 2007. These findings may be useful to support and guide policy makers regarding improvement and implementation of strategies to further prevent aggressive behaviors in teenagers. View Full-Text
Keywords: aggressive behavior; adolescents; victimization; bullying aggressive behavior; adolescents; victimization; bullying
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Bucur, A.; Ursoniu, S.; Caraion-Buzdea, C.; Ciobanu, V.; Florescu, S.; Vladescu, C. Aggressive Behaviors among 15–16-Year-Old Romanian High School Students: Results from Two Consecutive Surveys Related to Alcohol and Other Drug Use at the European Level. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 3670.

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