Journal of Adolescent and Family Health
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
Victims of bullying are more likely to experience various health outcomes. The relationship between bullying and teen pregnancy is understudied. This pilot study surveyed pregnant adolescents (12-21 years) at a clinic about bullying related behaviors. The survey asked about the frequency of fighting, peer victimization and bullying behaviors in the last 30 days. Participants (n=78) reported fighting by “hitting back” (62.8%) and bullying by “being mean” (45.5%). Participants reported victimization by being made fun of (35.9%), being called names (38.5%) and being picked on (37.2%). Many (n=32) reported a decrease in the behaviors since becoming pregnant; however, some (n=24) indicated no change. This pilot study reveals bullying is common in this group of adolescents and typically occurred before pregnancy.
Marshall, S. Alexandra; Knight, Bettina; Devine, Mary; Coker, Cristina; and Stowe, Zachary
"Bullying Among Pregnant Teens: A Pilot Study,"
Journal of Adolescent and Family Health: Vol. 9
, Article 12.
Available at: https://scholar.utc.edu/jafh/vol9/iss1/12