Physical victimization at school is little studied in impoverished developing country contexts, where resource deprivation may heighten tensions that lead to student misbehavior. Moreover, the role of school and classroom contexts as risk factors remains poorly understood. The authors performed a multi-level logistic regression analysis of physical victimization among middle school students from 100 villages in one of China’s poorest provinces. Results show that forty percent of students report having been beaten by classmates. Elevated risk is found among males; students with prior poor performance in language; students with past internalizing problems; students of female teachers and teachers evaluated as low-performing; students in disruptive classrooms; and students in classrooms undergoing mandated reforms. Results speak to the importance of micro-climates within schools as risk factors.
Adams, J.; Hannum, E. Under Attack: A Multilevel Analysis of Peer Victimization in Rural Chinese Middle Schools. (2013) 46 pp.