Mediating effects of depression and anxiety on the relationship between bullying involvement and pain problems among adolescents in Taiwan

Cheng Fang Yen, I. Mei Lin, Tai Ling Liu, Huei Fan Hu, Chung Ping Cheng

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Abstract

Background: This study aimed to examine the mediating effects of depression and anxiety on the relationships of bullying victimization and perpetration with pain among adolescents in Taiwan. Method: A total of 4976 students of junior and senior high schools completed the questionnaires. Bullying victimization and perpetration, pain problems, depression, and anxiety were assessed. The mediating effects of depression and anxiety on the relationship between bullying involvement and pain problems and the moderating effects of sex on the medicating roles of depression and anxiety were examined by structural equation model. Results: Both depression and anxiety were significant mediators of the relationship between bullying victimization and pain problems among adolescents. Depression was also a significant mediator of the relationship between bullying perpetration and pain problems among adolescents. Sex had no moderating effect on the mediating role of depression/anxiety on the association between bullying involvement and pain problems. Conclusions: Medical and educational professionals should survey and intervene in depression and anxiety when managing pain problems among adolescents involved in bullying.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1415-1421
Number of pages7
JournalComprehensive Psychiatry
Volume55
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Aug

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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