Extracurricular activities and bullying perpetration and victimisation in early and middle adolescence

Jun Sung Hong, Eun Jee Song, Kevin Tan, Anthony A. Peguero, Yejin Sohn, Dorothy L. Espelage

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The present study examined the association between adolescents' extracurricular activities and bullying perpetration and victimisation. The sample was drawn from the 2016 National Survey of Children's Health dataset. Analyses included descriptive statistics and logistic regression for the early adolescent and middle adolescent groups. Among early adolescents, sports were negatively associated with victimisation. Participation in clubs/organisations, organised activities or lessons, and community services were negatively associated, while employment was positively related to bullying perpetration. Among middle adolescents, all extracurricular activities were negatively related to victimisation. As for bullying perpetration, organised activities or lessons and community services were negatively associated with bullying. The study highlights the potential for sport and extracurricular involvement as ways to possibly deter bullying perpetration and victimisation. Future research should consider these associations longitudinally.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)134-145
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Psychologists and Counsellors in Schools
Issue number2
StatePublished - 6 Dec 2023

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  • Bullying
  • extracurricular activities
  • sports
  • victimisation
  • volunteer


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