Relationship of indicators of school bullying and self-injurious behavior in adolescence



The article discusses the problem of school bullying influence on the formation of self-injurious behavior in adolescence. We review current bullying research, define bullying, analyze some of the predictors and psychological correlates of bullying. The hypothesis of empirical research concerns relationship between bullying factors, defined in this case in terms of the respondent's subjective assessment of their position in the classroom as negative and threatening, and acts of self-injury. The study sample includes 55 secondary school students aged 13 to 15. The methods used were two inventories developed by authors: Bullying scale and Self-injurious behavior scale, as well as Cook-Medley hostility scale. Based on statistical analysis, we report significant relationship between facts of bullying and self-injurious behavior. We found that adolescents who are prone to self-injurious behavior are characterized by low level of hostility.

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Keywords: adolescents, aggression, hostility, school bullying, self-injurious behavior.

Journal rubric: Developmental Psychology

Article type: scientific article

For citation: Polskaya N.A. Relationship of indicators of school bullying and self-injurious behavior in adolescence. Psikhologicheskaya nauka i obrazovanie = Psychological Science and Education, 2013. Vol. 18, no. 1, pp. 39–49. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Natalia A. Polskaya, Doctor of Psychology, Associate Professor, Professor of the Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy Department, Faculty of Counseling and Clinical Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Leading Researcher, Scientific and Practical Center for Mental Health of Children and Adolescents named after G.E. Sukhareva of the Moscow Department of Public Health, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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