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Involvement in Physical Fights among School Attending Adolescents: A Nationally Representative Sample from Kuwait

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Injury Epidemiology and Prevention (IEP) Research Group, Turku Brain Injury Centre, Turku University Hospital and University of Turku, 20014 Turku, Finland
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Department of Epidemiology and Population Health, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY 10461, USA
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Injury Epidemiology and Prevention Research Unit, Heidelberg Institute of Global Health (HIGH), University of Heidelberg, 69120 Heidelberg, Germany
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Behav. Sci. 2020, 10(1), 29; https://doi.org/10.3390/bs10010029
Received: 27 November 2019 / Revised: 21 December 2019 / Accepted: 2 January 2020 / Published: 8 January 2020
Background: Interpersonal violence in school settings is an important public health problem worldwide. This study investigated the individual and social correlates for being involved in a physical fight amongst a nationally representative sample of school-attending adolescents in Kuwait. Methods: We carried out bivariate and multivariate analyses to determine the strength and direction of associations with adolescent involvement in problematic fighting behavior within a 12-month recall period. Results: Within a total sample of 3637, n = 877 (25.2%) of school-attending adolescents reported being involved in two or more physical fights during the recall period. The multivariate analysis indicated that being male (OR = 2.71; CI = 1.88–3.90), a victim of bullying (OR = 2.77; CI = 2.14–3.58), truancy (OR = 2.52; CI = 1.91–3.32), planning a suicide (OR = 2.04; CI = 1.49–2.78) and food deprivation (OR = 1.91; CI = 1.37–2.65) were associated with an increased risk of involvement in physical fighting. Peer support in the form of having close friends (OR = 0.85; CI = 0.76–0.96) was found to be associated with a reduced involvement in fighting behavior. Conclusion: The results, when taken together, suggest that supportive school environments may represent important settings for violence mitigation and prevention strategies. View Full-Text
Keywords: adolescent health; school health; interpersonal violence; epidemiology; bullying; mental health adolescent health; school health; interpersonal violence; epidemiology; bullying; mental health
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Shaikh, M.A.; Abio, A.P.; Adedimeji, A.A.; Lowery Wilson, M. Involvement in Physical Fights among School Attending Adolescents: A Nationally Representative Sample from Kuwait. Behav. Sci. 2020, 10, 29.

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