Prevalence and correlates of physical fighting among school-going adolescents in Santiago, Chi

Rudatsukira, Emmanuel; Muula, Adamson S.; Siziya, Seter
September 2008
Revista Brasileira de Psiquiatria;set2008, Vol. 30 Issue 3, p197
Academic Journal
Objective: There is a growing interest in injury as a public health issue across the world. There is paucity of data on the prevalence and social correlates of non-fatal interpersonal violence in low- and middle-income income nations. The objective of this study was to estimate the prevalence of, and associated factors for physical fighting among school-going adolescents in Santiago, Chile. Method: We conducted a secondary analysis of the Chilean Global School-Based Health Survey conducted in 2004 in Santiago. We aimed to assess the prevalence and social correlates of having been involved in a physical fight in the prior 12 months. Results: Of the 2111 respondents, 40. 7% (54.3% males and 26.6% females) reported having been in a physical fight in the prior 12 months. Males were more likely to have been in a physical fight than females [OR = 3.89, 95% Cl (3.11, 4.85)]. Substance use (cigarette smoking, drinking alcohol, and using drugs) and bullying victimization were positively associated with fighting [OR = 3.05, 95% Cl (2.40, 3.87) for substance use, and OR = 1. 65, 95% Cl (1.32, 2.05) for bullying]. Parental supervision was negatively associated with physical fighting [OR = O. 62, 95 % Cl (0.50, 0.78)]. Conclusion: We have estimated the prevalence of having engaged in a physical fight among in- school adolescents in Santiago, Chile. We have found that the prevalence is similar to what has been reported in diverse settings in Africa, Europe and North America.


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