Adolescent bullying and sleep difficulties

Simon C. Hunter (Lead / Corresponding author), Kevin Durkin, James M. E. Boyle, Josephine N. Booth, Susan Rasmussen

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    This study evaluated whether adolescents who report having been bullied, being bullies, or report both being a bully and being bullied experience more sleep difficulties than children uninvolved in bullying. The study drew upon cognitive theories of insomnia, investigating whether the extent to which young people report worrying about bullying can moderate associations between victimization and sleep difficulties. Participants were 5420 adolescents who completed a self-report questionnaire. Pure Victims (OR = 1.72, 95% CI [1.07, 2.75]), Pure Bullies (OR = 1.80, 95% CI [1.16, 2.81]), and Bully-Victims (OR = 2.90, 95% CI [1.17, 4.92]) were all more likely to experience sleep difficulties when compared to uninvolved young people. The extent to which young people reported worrying about being bullied did not moderate the links between victimization and sleep difficulties. In this way, bullying is clearly related to sleep difficulties among adolescents but the conceptual reach of the cognitive model of insomnia in this domain is questioned.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)740-755
    Number of pages16
    JournalEurope's Journal of Psychology
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2014


    • Bullying
    • Insomnia
    • Logistic regression
    • Peer-victimization
    • Sleep difficulty
    • Worry


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