Examining classes of bully perpetration among Latinx high school students and associations with substance use and mental health

Ashleigh E Jones, Dorothy L Espelage, Alberto Valido, Katherine Ingram, Gabriel Merrin

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Abstract

Latino(a) (also called “Latinx”) are the fastest growing ethnic population in the U.S.; however, there is a dearth of literature that<br>examines intracultural bullying behaviors and their association with mental health and substance use for this population. The<br>current study uses a person-centered approach to examine bully perpetration among Latinx high school students and association<br>with substance use and mental health. Latent Class Analysis was used to identify classes of bullying perpetration among a sample<br>of Latinx adolescents drawn from 9 Colorado high schools (n = 2929). Age and sex were used as predictors to examine<br>differences between classes. Identified bullying classes were then related to mental health (i.e., depression and suicide ideation)<br>and perceptions of future substance use. The latent class analysis identified five classes that included a high bully perpetration<br>class (4.5%, n = 133), a moderate class (13.8%, n = 405), a class that reported high
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)170--179
JournalInternational Journal of Bullying Prevention
StatePublished - Jul 3 2019

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