Bullied by siblings: association with peer victimisation and behaviour problems in Israeli lower secondary school children

Wolke, Dieter and Samara, Muthanna M. (2004) Bullied by siblings: association with peer victimisation and behaviour problems in Israeli lower secondary school children. The Journal Of Child Psychology And Psychiatry And Allied Disciplines, 45(5), pp. 1015-1029. ISSN (print) 0021-9630

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: The association of bullying victimisation by siblings with a) involvement in bullying at school and b) behaviour problems among lower secondary school children in Israel was investigated. METHOD: Self-report questionnaires of sibling victimisation, peer bullying experiences and behaviour problems were completed by 921 pupils aged 12-15 (mean age 13.7 years). RESULTS: Of the sample, 16.2% were directly bullied by their siblings at home and 11.9% were direct victims of bullying by peers at school every week. More than half of victims of bullying by siblings (50.7%) were also involved in bullying behaviour at school compared to only 12.4% of those not victimised by siblings, indicating a strong link between intrafamilial and extrafamilial peer relationships. Children with poor sibling and peer relationships were at a highly increased risk for behaviour problems. Ethnic (Israeli Jewish vs. Arab) and sex differences were small compared to the effects of sibling relationship on behaviour problems. CONCLUSION: Intervention strategies directed at reducing bullying in school should take into account pupils' experiences of victimisation by siblings at home.

Item Type: Article
Research Area: Education
Psychology
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Social Science (until November 2012)
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Depositing User: Cheryl Clark
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2012 08:24
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2012 13:30
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/24129

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