Cumulative effects of bullying and racial discrimination on adolescent health in Australia

Priest, Naomi, Kavanagh, Anne, Becares, Laia and King, Tania (2019) Cumulative effects of bullying and racial discrimination on adolescent health in Australia. Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 60 (3). pp. 344-361. ISSN 0022-1465

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Abstract

This study examined how cumulative exposure to racial discrimination and bullying victimization influences the health of Australian adolescents (n=2802) aged 10-11 years (19.3% visible ethnic minorities (non-White, non-Indigenous); 2.6% Indigenous) using data from 3 waves (2010-2014) of the nationally representative Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC). Cumulative exposure to racial discrimination and bullying victimization had incremental negative effects on socioemotional difficulties. Higher accumulated exposure to both stressors across time was associated with increased BMI z-scores, and risk of overweight/obesity. Studies that examine exposure to single risk factors such as bullying victimization or racial discrimination at 1 time point only are likely to miss key determinants of health for adolescents from stigmatized racial/ethnic backgrounds and under-estimate their stressor burden.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Social Work and Social Care
Depositing User: Helen Webb - Library
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2019 15:18
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2020 14:15
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/87997

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