Overweight, perceived overweight and involvement in bullying in middle adolescence

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Kaltiala-Heino , R , Lankinen , V , Marttunen , M , Lindberg , N & Frojd , S 2016 , ' Overweight, perceived overweight and involvement in bullying in middle adolescence ' , Child Abuse and Neglect , vol. 54 , pp. 33-42 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chiabu.2016.02.003

Title: Overweight, perceived overweight and involvement in bullying in middle adolescence
Author: Kaltiala-Heino, Riittakerttu; Lankinen, Vilma; Marttunen, Mauri; Lindberg, Nina; Frojd, Sari
Other contributor: University of Helsinki, Clinicum
University of Helsinki, Clinicum



Date: 2016-04
Language: eng
Number of pages: 10
Belongs to series: Child Abuse and Neglect
ISSN: 0145-2134
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chiabu.2016.02.003
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/223999
Abstract: Overweight is reportedly a risk factor for being bullied, and body image may mediate this association. Research on associations between overweight and bullying has so far only focused on children and early adolescents. We explored associations between actual and perceived overweight at age 15 and involvement in bullying at ages 15 and 17. A total of 2070 Finnish adolescents responded to a survey at ages 15 and 17. Self-reported weight and height, perceived weight and involvement in bullying were elicited. Being overweight at age 15 was not associated with being bullied or with being a bully at age 15 or 17. Perceived overweight among girls was associated with subsequent involvement in bullying as a bully and in feeling shunned. Weight related bullying may decrease from pre- and early adolescence to middle adolescence. The associations between perceived overweight and self-identification as a bully, and those between perceived overweight and feeling isolated may be explained by the phenomena representing psychological dysfunction. (C) 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Subject: Bullying
Overweight
Body image
Adolescence
BODY-MASS INDEX
SOCIAL-ISOLATION
SUBSTANCE USE
SELF-ESTEEM
CHILDREN
OBESITY
WEIGHT
HEALTH
VICTIMIZATION
PREVALENCE
515 Psychology
3121 General medicine, internal medicine and other clinical medicine
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