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The predictive effect of internet addiction and psychiatric disorders on traditional peer bullying


Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Fethi Sekin City Hospital, Elazig Turkey


Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Inonu University, Malatya Turkey

Alpha Psychiatry 2020; 21: 625-632
DOI: 10.5455/apd.86661
Read: 1246 Downloads: 647 Published: 01 December 2020

Objective: Traditional peer bullying (TPB) is a worldwide problem and 20-56% of adolescents are thought to be affected. Some studies suggest that internet addiction may be related to negative behaviors such as bullying. This study aimed to determine the prevalence of TPB in the clinical psychiatric sample of adolescents and to investigate the predictive effect of age, gender, psychiatric diseases and (internet addiction) IA on roles in TPB. Methods: This cross-sectional study conducted with 214 adolescents in the age range of 12-16 years. Schedule for Affective Disor-ders and Schizophrenia for School-Age Children-Present and Lifetime Version were used for psychiatric evaluations of the participants. Olweus Bully/Victim Questionnaire (OBVQ) and Young Internet Addiction Scale were carried out to all participants. The predictive effect of age, gender, IA and psychiatric disorders on roles in TPB was evaluated by multinomial logistic regression analysis. Results: The mean age of the participants was 14.5 years. According to the results of the OBVQ, 49% of the participants were involved in TPB (victims: 35%, bullies: 14%). Regression analysis revealed that age and gender had no effect on roles in TPB, but IA had a predictive effect on both victi-mization (p [Anadolu Psikiyatri Derg 2020; 21(6.000): 625-632]

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