Arab American Adolescents’ Perceived Stress and Bullying Experiences: A Qualitative Study

Maha Albdour, Linda Lewin, Karen Kavanaugh, Jun Sung Hong, Feleta Wilson

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In 2012, 20% of high school students were bullied in the United States. Bullying is more prevalent among minority populations. Arab American adolescents receive little research attention and are described as the invisible population. This descriptive qualitative study was conducted with 10 Arab American adolescent bullying victims to describe their bullying experiences and related stress. In addition to being bullied because of health problems or social disadvantages, Arab American adolescents reported that they were bullied because of their ethnic/racial background and religious affiliation. Victims described high stress levels and anxiety which compromised their ability to function. They reported feeling sad, angry, overwhelmed, helpless, and hurt when they were bullied. They also lost control over their lives and self-confidence. Family and friends were sources of support but school administrators and teachers were not supportive. Implications for practice and future research were discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1567-1588
Number of pages22
JournalWestern Journal of Nursing Research
Issue number12
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2017

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Funding Information:
The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This study was supported by the Sigma Theta Tau/Lambda Chapter student award.

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  • Arab Americans
  • adolescents
  • bullying
  • perceived stress
  • violence


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