Peer relations, violence and school attendance: analyses of bullying in senior high schools in Ghana

Dunne, Mairead, Sabates, Ricardo, Bosumtwi-Sam, Cynthia and Owusu, Andrew (2012) Peer relations, violence and school attendance: analyses of bullying in senior high schools in Ghana. The Journal of Development Studies. ISSN 0022-0388

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Abstract

This article focuses on bullying among students and explores the ways it affects the attendance of senior high school students in Ghana. It explores whether having emotional problems, in addition to being bullied, incrementally affects the relationship between bullying and school attendance and the mitigating influence of peer friendships on these relationships. The results show gender differences in which absenteeism associated with bullying was mitigated by the support of friends for boys but not to the same degree for girls, especially those girls who had reported being psychologically bullied. Our findings suggest a school environment in which peer friendship and emotional wellbeing are intertwined in complex ways.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Online First Article(iFirst)
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Education
Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC0065 Social aspects of education
L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC0065 Social aspects of education > LC0142 Attendance. Dropouts
L Education > LG Individual institutions (Asia. Africa. Oceania) > LG401 Africa > LG480 West Africa > LG497 Ghana
Depositing User: Cecilia Kimani
Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2012 12:16
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2012 15:41
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/40307
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