Number of siblings and school victimization

Eugenia Piñero-Ruiz, José J. López-Espín, Fuensanta Cerezo, Alberto M. Torres-Cantero


This work studies the association between number of siblings and victimization at school. A cross-sectional study was carried out with 28 secondary schools in Murcia (Spain). Sample of 2552 children aged 11 to 18 completed an anonymous self-administered questionnaire, that included socio-demographic information, quality family relationships and school victimization. Victimization was measured by asking children to recall specific acts they had suffered during the previous week. Only children and those with 4 or more brothers or sisters referred the highest levels of school victimization.  Our study suggests that the number of brothers and sisters are related to the level of victimization at school.


Victimization; High school; Siblings; School; Violence

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