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Trend Analysis of Bullying Victimization Prevalence in Spanish Adolescent Youth at School

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  • Inmaculada Sánchez-Queija
  • Irene Garcia-Moya
  • Carmen Moreno
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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)457-464
JournalJournal of School Health
Early online date2 May 2017
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2017


We analyze trends in bullying victimization prevalence in a representative sample of Spanish adolescent schoolchildren in 2006, 2010, and 2014.

We distinguish between reported bullying, which is assessed via the global question in the Revised Bully/Victim Questionnaire by Olweus, and observed bullying, which is a measure developed from the answers that the adolescents gave to specific items that refer to different types of bullying that have been codified as physical, verbal, and relational bullying.

For 2006 and 2010/2014, the results show stability in the assessment of reported bullying and an increase in observed bullying, analyzed both globally and within the 3 categories: physical, verbal, and relational.

A valid, reliable, and accurate measure to detect cases of bullying is necessary, as is the importance of continuing efforts devoted to raising awareness and the prevention of this phenomenon.


This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Inmaculada Sanchez-Queija, Irene Garcia Moya, and Carmen Moreno, ‘Trend Analysis of Bullying Victimization Prevalence in Spanish Adolescent Youth at School’, Journal of School Health, Vol. 87 (6): 457-464, June 2017, which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.

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