International Journal of Public Health

, Volume 60, Issue 2, pp 199–206 | Cite as

Exploring traditional and cyberbullying among Irish adolescents

  • Mary CallaghanEmail author
  • Colette Kelly
  • Michal Molcho
Original Article



This study aimed to explore the associations of traditional and cyberbullying victimisation with self-reported health and life satisfaction, and to examine whether involvement in risk behaviours contributes to these health outcomes.


We asked questions on involvement in traditional and cyberbullying, risk behaviours, self-reported health and life satisfaction to school children. In total, 318 students aged from 15 to 18 years old in 8 post-primary schools in Ireland completed the survey.


Children who were victims of bullying were more likely to report poor health, low life satisfaction and engaging in risky behaviours. Although not statistically significant, we found that cyber victimisation was positively associated with increased reporting of poor health and low life satisfaction.


Traditional bullying is the most common type of bullying among school children in Ireland, and overall, seems to have a stronger association with poor health. However, a sizable proportion of children are victims of cyberbullying or of both cyberbullying and traditional bullying. It is, therefore, important to acknowledge, identify and address all types of bullying to improve the health outcomes of children.


Health Well-being Cyberbullying Victimisation Risk behaviours Adolescent 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Health Promotion Research CentreNational University of Ireland GalwayGalwayIreland

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