Adolescent peer aggression and its association with mental health and substance use in an Australian cohort

Moore, Sophie E., Norman, Rosana E., Sly, Peter D., Whitehouse, Andrew J. O., Zubrick, Stephen R. and Scott, James (2014) Adolescent peer aggression and its association with mental health and substance use in an Australian cohort. Journal of Adolescence, 37 1: 11-21. doi:10.1016/j.adolescence.2013.10.006


Author Moore, Sophie E.
Norman, Rosana E.
Sly, Peter D.
Whitehouse, Andrew J. O.
Zubrick, Stephen R.
Scott, James
Title Adolescent peer aggression and its association with mental health and substance use in an Australian cohort
Journal name Journal of Adolescence   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0140-1971
1095-9254
Publication date 2014-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.adolescence.2013.10.006
Volume 37
Issue 1
Start page 11
End page 21
Total pages 11
Place of publication Camden, London, United Kingdom
Publisher Academic Press
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Subject 2735 Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
2738 Psychiatry and Mental health
3204 Developmental and Educational Psychology
3207 Social Psychology
Abstract Prospective longitudinal birth cohort data was used to examine the association between peer aggression at 14 years and mental health and substance use at 17 years. A sample of 1590 participants from the Western Australian Pregnancy Cohort (Raine) study were divided into mutually exclusive categories (victims, perpetrators, victim-perpetrators and uninvolved). Involvement in any type of peer aggression as a victim (10.1%), perpetrator (21.4%), or a victim-perpetrator (8.7%) was reported by 40.2% of participants. After adjusting for confounding factors, those who were a victim of peer aggression had increased odds of later depression and internalising symptoms whilst perpetrators of peer aggression were found to be at increased risk of depression and harmful alcohol use. Victim-perpetrators of peer aggression were more likely to have externalising behaviours at 17 years. These results show an independent temporal relationship between peer aggression and later mental health and substance use problems in adolescence.
Keyword Adolescent
Bullying
Mental health
Peer aggression
Raine study
Substance use
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

 
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