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Summer 6-2015

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Jochman, Joseph C. "A Mediational Analysis of the Influence of Negative Coping Behaviors on Health Outcomes Associated with School Bullying". Master's thesis, Department of Sociology, University of Nebraska, 2015.


A THESIS Presented to the Faculty of The Graduate College at the University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements For the Degree of Master of Arts, Major: Sociology, Under the Supervision of Professor Jacob E. Cheadle. Lincoln, Nebraska: June, 2015

Copyright © 2015 Joseph C. Jochman


Adolescent school bullying is a significant public health issue with approximately 20% of US adolescents reporting victimization or perpetration in schools. Much prior research has established that school bullying is associated with significant somatic and depressive health consequences. Additionally, prior research has examined the beneficial impact of positive coping strategies on negative health outcomes associated with school bullying. However, given that bully-involved adolescents often have less access to positive coping outlets, less research has examined the influence of negative coping behaviors on health outcomes associated with school bullying. Using the Health Behavior of School Aged Children 2005-2006 dataset, I examine the extent that negative coping behaviors mediate the association between bully involvement on somatic and depressive symptoms. Results show that negative coping behaviors mediate the influence of low-level bullying on somatic symptoms and partially mediate the effect of high-level bullying and certain subtypes of bully-victimization on both somatic and depressive symptoms. However, the positive association of bullying on somatic and depressive symptoms largely remains after introducing negative coping behaviors. This study advances current bullying and health research by focusing on the influence of negative coping behaviors on the somatic and depressive health outcomes associated with bullying.

Adviser: Jacob E. Cheadle

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