Physical Conditions and Special Needs as Risk Factors of Peer Victimization Among School Children in Taiwan

Hsi Sheng Wei, Hsiao Lin Hwa, April Chiung Tao Shen, Jui Ying Feng, Yi Ping Hsieh, Soar Ching Yu Huang

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Abstract

Students with physical symptoms and diseases may be at an increased risk of peer victimization. This study examined the associations of several medical conditions (obesity, asthma, allergy, epilepsy, and diabetes) with experience of physical, verbal, and relational victimization among children. A sample of 6,233 fourth-grade students from 314 elementary schools in Taiwan was recruited for the analysis. The mean age of the sample was 10.5, with an even distribution of gender (50.3% male and 49.7% female). Children with asthma, allergy, and epilepsy reported higher frequencies of peer victimization. Those who took daily medications or received treatment were also at a higher risk of being victimized. Diabetes and obesity were not found to be associated with peer victimization. The findings highlighted that children with physical conditions suffer maltreatment from peers. Sensitivity training should be provided to school health professionals, so they can evaluate the risk of victimization among students with special needs during assessment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)223-231
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of School Nursing
Volume33
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jun 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nursing (miscellaneous)

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