Understanding Aggression and Victimization: Negative Binomial Modelling With Supportive School Climate, Mental Health, and Social Identity Mediation

Turner, I, Reynolds, K, Lee, E, Subasic, E and Bromhead, D 2018, 'Understanding Aggression and Victimization: Negative Binomial Modelling With Supportive School Climate, Mental Health, and Social Identity Mediation', Translational Issues in Psychological Science, vol. 4, no. 4, pp. 380-402.


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Title Understanding Aggression and Victimization: Negative Binomial Modelling With Supportive School Climate, Mental Health, and Social Identity Mediation
Author(s) Turner, I
Reynolds, K
Lee, E
Subasic, E
Bromhead, D
Year 2018
Journal name Translational Issues in Psychological Science
Volume number 4
Issue number 4
Start page 380
End page 402
Total pages 23
Publisher American Psychological Association
Abstract The present study examined how the supportive climate of a school (group support and academic support) and student mental health (depression and anxiety) are associated with school-based aggression and victimization. Drawing on the social identity perspective, school identification (i.e., a person's social identity as a school member) was investigated as a mechanism to explain how the supportive climate of a school may come to affect peer aggression and victimization. Using data from Australian students (Grades 7-10, N 1,809) negative binomial structural equation modeling showed that (a) school climate factors and school identification negatively predicted peer aggression, (b) depression and anxiety were also strong predictors of peer aggression, and (c) school identification partially mediated the association of group support (but not academic support) with peer aggression. A different pattern was observed for peer victimization. The findings have a range of implications for addressing school-based aggression highlighting to school leadership and education policymakers that building and strengthening a supportive climate and school identification will be fruitful.
Subject Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Educational Psychology
Social and Community Psychology
Keyword(s) peer aggression and victimization
mental health
school climate
social identity
negative binomial structural equation modeling
DOI - identifier 10.1037/tps0000174
Copyright notice © 2018 American Psychological Association
ISSN 2332-2136
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