Bullying Behavior among High School Students as a Function of Family Relationships and Peer Group Influence: In Some Selected West Arsi High Schools

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Addis Ababa University


This study generally eXaiililled whether bullying is related to family and peer gruup influence:> ur not. The study conducted in four purposely selected high schools in West Arsi. Thus, 203 adolescents ' were participated in this research. Of which J J 2 were males and the remaining 9 J were females . Questionnaire and interview guide were used to collect data Fom the participants. The analysis involving correlation indicated that age was significantly correlated to all forms of bullying behavior. Similarly, Intimacy was Significantly correlated to all forms bullying. Neither conflict nor communication subscale significantly related to bullying. On the other hand, Peer group influence was significantly correlated to all forms of bullying. The analysis of independent t-test reveled that statistically signiJicance diJjerence between male and jemale adolescents was found in physical bullying. However, with verbal and indirect form of bullying, statistically significant difference was not observed. The results of one -way ANOVA shows that statistically considerable difference was found among schools in bullying behavior. In conclusion, the analysis of multiple regressions revealed that intimacy, conflict, communication and peel' group influence together contributed J 7% of the variation for adolescents bullying behavior.



Function of Family Relationships