Cadernos de Saúde Pública
Print version ISSN 0102-311X
ANDRADE, Silvania Suely Caribé de Araújo et al. Association between physical violence, consumption of alcohol and other drugs, and bullying among Brazilian adolescents. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 2012, vol.28, n.9, pp. 1725-1736. ISSN 0102-311X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-311X2012000900011.
This study aimed to identify the association between alcohol and drug consumption and bullying on the one hand and involvement in situations of physical violence among adolescents 13 to 15 years in public and private schools in State capitals and the Federal District of Brazil. The study analyzed data from the National School Health Survey (PeNSE) for the year 2009. Data analysis used logistic regression. Prevalence of involvement in physical violence was 12.9% more common in boys than girls. Both genders showed associations between physical violence or being a victim of bullying and use of illegal drugs, plus the heightened effect of the combined consumption of alcohol and other drugs. In boys, alcohol consumption showed a significant association with physical violence. Having the father or both parents living at home was inversely associated with physical violence in girls. Knowledge of factors associated with physical violence among adolescents is important for supporting health promotion strategies and a culture of peace, thereby counteracting the idea of taking teenage violence for granted.
Keywords : Violence; Adolescent; Alcohol Drinking; Street Drugs; Bullying.