Cyber and bias-based harassment: Associations with academic, substance use, and mental health problems

Katerina O. Sinclair, Sheri Bauman, V. Paul Poteat, Brian Koenig, Stephen T. Russell

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Abstract

Purpose: To examine how two forms of interstudent harassment, cyber and bias-based harassment, are associated with academic, substance use, and mental health problems. Methods: We used a population-based survey of 17,366 middle and high school students that assessed harassment due to race/ethnicity or sexual orientation, and harassment through the Internet or text messaging along with other forms of interstudent harassment. Results: Odds ratios indicated that students experiencing both cyber and bias-based harassment were at the greatest risk for adjustment problems across all indicators, with suicidal ideation and attempts having the largest risk differences. Conclusions: Assessments of adolescent health and adjustment should include questions regarding both cyber and bias-based harassment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)521-523
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Adolescent Health
Volume50
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2012

Keywords

  • Cyber bullying
  • Race-based harassment
  • Sexual orientation-based harassment
  • Substance use
  • Suicide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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