Impact of adolescent peer aggression on later educational and employment outcomes in an Australian cohort

Moore, Sophie E., Scott, James G., Thomas, Hannah J., Sly, Peter D., Whitehouse, Andrew J.O., Zubrick, Stephen R., & Norman, Rosana E. (2015) Impact of adolescent peer aggression on later educational and employment outcomes in an Australian cohort. Journal of Adolescence, 43, pp. 39-49.

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This study used prospective birth cohort data to analyse the relationship between peer aggression at 14 years of age and educational and employment outcomes at 17 years (N = 1091) and 20 years (N = 1003). Participants from the Western Australian Pregnancy Cohort (Raine) study were divided into mutually exclusive categories of peer aggression. Involvement in peer aggression was reported by 40.2% (10.1% victims; 21.4% perpetrators; 8.7% victim–perpetrators) of participants. Participants involved in any form of peer aggression were less likely to complete secondary school. Perpetrators and victim–perpetrators of peer aggression were more likely to be in the ‘No Education, Employment or Training’ group at 20 years of age. This association was explained by non-completion of secondary school. These findings demonstrate a robust association between involvement in peer aggression and non-completion of secondary school, which in turn was associated with an increased risk of poor educational and employment outcomes in early adulthood.

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ID Code: 85258
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: bullying, employment, educational achievement, education, Australia, peer aggression
DOI: 10.1016/j.adolescence.2015.05.007
ISSN: 0140-1971
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified (111799)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 The Foundation for Professionals in Services for Adolescents
Deposited On: 12 Jul 2015 22:30
Last Modified: 13 Jul 2015 22:13

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