Friday, February 26, 2016

Association among Subtypes of Bullying Status and Sexually-Risky Behaviors of Urban African American Adolescents in Chicago

Bullying is found to be associated with various negative psychosocial outcomes. However, few studies have explored the association between bullying involvement and sexually-risky behaviors. 

Youth were recruited from three high schools, one youth church group, two community youth programs, and four public venues. Six hundred-and-thirty-eight urban African American adolescents (aged 12-22) in Chicago completed a self-report questionnaire. Major findings indicated that males were more likely than females to have sex with someone in exchange for drugs. Bullying perpetration, victimization, and perpetration-victimization were negatively associated with having sex with a condom. 

Older youth, and those identified as perpetrators and perpetrator-victims were more likely to have impregnated someone or been pregnant. Stress and coping framework should be considered. Bullying prevention should provide youth with several healthy coping strategies for reducing sexually-risky behaviors. 

Community-based and school-based violence prevention programs need to consider sexual risk outcomes associated with involvement in bullying.

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By:  Hong JS1,2Voisin DR3Cho S4Espelage DL5.
  • 1School of Social Work, Wayne State University, 5447 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI, 48202, USA.
  • 2Department of Social Welfare, Sungkyunkwan University, 25-2 Sungkyunkwan-ro, Jongro-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea.
  • 3School of Social Service Administration, The University of Chicago, 969 East 60th Street, Chicago, IL, 60637, USA.
  • 4Social Justice and Criminology, Delta State University, 1003 West Sunflower Rd., Cleveland, MS, 38733, USA.
  • 5Department of Educational Psychology, Child Development Division, University of Illinois, 220A Education, 1310 S. Sixth Street, Champaign, IL, 61820-6925, USA. 
  •  2016 Feb 25. 

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