Research Article
Volume 10 Issue 7 - 2021
Body Mass Index in Relation to Exposure of Bullying Attempts and Suicidal Ideation among Saudi Adolescents Female Students
Najla A Barnawi1,2*, Farida M Habib1,2, Rahaf M Alajmi1 and Shatha H Al-Mutiri1
1King Saud Bin Abdul-Aziz University for Health Science (KSAU-HS) and College of Nursing, Riyadh, KSA
2King Abdullah International Medical Research Centre (KAIMRC), Ministry of National Guard Health Affairs, Riyadh, KSA
*Corresponding Author: Najla A Barnawi, King Saud Bin Abdul-Aziz University for Health Science (KSAU-HS) and College of Nursing, Riyadh, KSA.
Received: June 02, 2021; Published: June 17, 2021


Evidence indicates that obese or overweight female adolescents are more at risk of experiencing bullying and some degree of violence during their school life. The study aims to assess the relationship between female adolescents' BMI with the level of bullying and suicidal ideation and other socio-demographic factors. This descriptive cross-sectional study targeted 985 female students from eight National Guard (NG) middles and high schools. A self-administrative questionnaire (SRST and CABS) was used to collect demographic and anthropologic measurements. The result indicated a statistically significant positive relationship in terms of bullying and BMI with suicide risk among the adolescent students (P = 0.000), suicide risk in parents’ education (mother-education r = 0.112, P = 0.000 and father-education r = 0.097, P = 0.002 respectively), and adolescents' BMI and age, father education, and family income P = 0.000. P = 0.033 and P = 0.000, respectively. In conclusion, the risk of bullying and suicide risk are higher among obese and overweight female adolescents.

Keywords: Adolescent; Body Mass Index; Bullying; Females; Suicidal Ideation


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