Cent Eur J Public Health. 2017;25(Supplement 1):S32-S35.
DOI: 10.21101/cejph.a5098. PubMed PMID: 28752745
National Time Trends in Bullying among Adolescents in the Czech Republic from 1994 to 2014
Mária Sarková1, Dagmar Sigmundová2, Michal Kalman2
1Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies, Faculty of Physical Culture, Palacký University Olomouc, Olomouc, Czech Republic
2Institute of Active Lifestyle, Faculty of Physical Culture, Palacký University Olomouc, Olomouc, Czech Republic
Objectives: Bullying in school is a public health concern which continues to be a serious threat to physical and emotional health of children and adolescents. The purpose of this study is to examine trends in bullying behaviour among school-aged children in the Czech Republic. Methods: Data were obtained from cross-sectional self-report surveys in the years 1994–2014 as a part of the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children study (HBSC) from a representative sample of 11-, 13-, and 15-year olds. Results: The highest proportion of children who bullied others (20–47%) occurred during the years 1994 and 1998. The logistic regression models showed significant decreasing trends in bullying others and also in being bullied, regardless of age and gender. Conclusion: The decreasing trend in bullying may be the consequence of a preventive policy in the Czech Republic, but also a change in the understanding of the concept of bullying in society.
Keywords: bullying, HBSC, trend, behaviour, risk
Address for correspondence: M. Sarková, Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies, Faculty of Physical Culture, Palacký University Olomouc, třída Míru 111, 771 11 Olomouc, Czech Republic. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org