The Association Between Bullying and Early Stages of Suicidal Ideation in Late Adolescents in Greece

A correlational study was done by Skapinakis, Bellos, Gkatsa, Magklara, Lewis, Araya, Stylianidis, and Mavreas (2011), examining if there is a relationship between bullying behavior and early phases of suicidal ideations in adolescents. The participants were five thousand six hundred and fourteen students between the ages of 16 to 18 years old, attending twenty-five senior high schools were assessed in the first phase (Skapinakis et al., 2011). In the second phase, there was a random sample of two thousand four hundred and thirty-one students selected for an interview. Suicidal ideations were measured with the revised Clinical Interview Schedule (CIS-R) while bullying was measured with the revised Olweus bully/victim questionnaire (Skapinakis et al., 2011). Results of this study show that those who were victims of bullying were likely to express that “life was not worth living”, which is known to be a key factor of suicidal ideation (Skapinakis et al., 2011). This feeling occurred more for those students who were bullied on a weekly basis. The students who bullied others did not have this feeling of worthlessness. These findings were similar between the boys and girls, but suicidal ideations were higher for the boys.

Skapinakis, P., Bellos, S., Gkatsa, T., Magklara, K., Lewis, G., Araya, R., Stylianidis, S., & Mavreas, V. (2011). The association between bullying and early stages of suicidal ideation in late adolescents in GreeceBMC Psychiatry11, 22 doi:10.1186/1471-244X-11-22

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