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Longitudinal Study: LSAC
Title: The impact of gender and age on bullying role, self-harm and suicide: Evidence from a cohort study of Australian children
Authors: Ahmad, Kabir
Beatson, Amanda
Campbell, Marilyn
Hashmi, Rubayyat 
Keating, Byron W
Mulcahy, Rory
Riedel, Aimee
Wang, Shasha
Publication Date: 2023
Pages: 1-13
Abstract: There has been limited longitudinal investigation to date into the association between bullying, self-harm, and suicidality in Australia and the impact of specific demographic differences on this relationship. This is despite the continued rise in the incidence of bullying, self-harm, and suicide. As such, the current study draws on data from the Longitudinal Survey of Australian children (LSAC) to examine the association between bullying, self-harm, and suicidality and explore the impact of demographic differences across three bullying related behaviors (being bullied, bullying others and being both bullied and bullying others). The evidence indicates that bully-victims exhibit the highest risk of self-harm and suicidality in Australia. When considering demographic differences, it was identified that females and adolescents aged 16-17-years-of-age had the highest risk of self-harm and suicidality. Further, a direct curvilinear relationship between age and the categories of self-harm was identified with an inflection point around 16-17 years. The study supports the need for further investigation into the association between bullying, self-harm, and suicidality longitudinally with a particular focus on other moderators.
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0278446
Research collection: Journal Articles
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