A1 Journal article – refereed
Are reading difficulties associated with bullying involvement?

List of Authors: Turunen T, Poskiparta E, Salmivalli C
Publication year: 2017
Journal: Learning and Instruction
Journal name in source: LEARNING AND INSTRUCTION
Journal acronym: LEARN INSTR
Volume number: 52
Number of pages: 9
ISSN: 0959-4752
eISSN: 1873-3263

Reading difficulties (RDs) are easily noticed by classmates, may cause frustration in the affected students, and are often accompanied by emotional, behavioral, and interpersonal problems at school. Although interviews with students with RDs have revealed bullying experiences, whether RDs actually increase the risk of bullying involvement has not been investigated before. We tested the association of self reported RDs with peer-reported involvement in bullying in a nationally representative sample of 17,188 students (grades 3-8) from 1045 classrooms in 147 schools. Results indicated that experienced difficulties in the most fundamental learning skill seem to put students at risk especially for victimization at school (viewed by peers as victims and bully/victims), when gender, level of schooling, self-esteem, and difficulties in math were taken into account. In general, over a third of students with RDs were involved in bullying as victims, bullies, or bully/victims, compared with approximately a fifth of students without RDs. (C) 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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