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Study identifies key factors to tackle teenage bullying and suicidal behaviours

Study identifies key factors to tackle teenage bullying and suicidal behaviours

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Full article issued by The University of Queensland.

Screening and early interventions to address loneliness, sleep disturbances and alcohol consumption can help to reduce the association between being bullied at school and suicidal behaviours, a new ARC-supported study has found.

Researchers from The University of Queensland’s ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course (Life Course Centre) examined the relationship between bullying victimisation and suicidal behaviours in more than 280,000 teenagers aged 13-17 in 90 countries worldwide.

Lead author and PhD candidate Md. Mehedi Hasan said children who had been bullied had higher rates of suicidal ideation, planning and attempts.

'Bullying victimisation and associated adolescent suicide behaviours are a major global health issue, with substantial detrimental ‘ripple effects’ on friends, families and communities,' Mr Hasan says.

'For the first time, our study sheds light on key factors involved in the relationship between school bullying victimisation and adolescent suicidal ideation, suicidal planning and suicide attempts.'

Co-author Associate Professor Abdullah Mamun said the strongest links between adolescent bullying and suicidal behaviours were loneliness, sleep disturbances and alcohol consumption, and that social connectedness and peer relationships were crucial to adolescent development, health and well-being.

'The findings of this study are particularly timely given the events of COVID-19, where social distancing measures, school closures, and stay-at-home orders may have exacerbated feelings of loneliness in adolescents,' he says.


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