Trends in Depressed Mood and Suicidal Behaviors Among Female High School Students Who Engaged in Physical Fighting

Janet H. Ford, Terrell W. Zollinger, Jianjun Zhang, Joseph O’Neil, David R. Nelson, Gregory K. Steele

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The objective of this article is to identify prevalence changes in depressed mood/suicidal behaviors among female high school students reporting physical fighting. This research analyzed the national combined data set of the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance (YRBS) cross-sectional surveys from 2001 to 2015. Logistic regression analyzed the time trends. Two multiple logistic regression models were built. A quadratic trend was present with an initial decrease followed by an increase 2009 to 2015 (p <.001). The odds and severity of depressed mood/suicidal behaviors were greater among female youths with four or more fights and for other violent events, which were even greater when accounting for electronic bullying. The odds of depressed mood/suicidal behaviors among female adolescents engaged in physical fighting has been increasing with electronic bullying contributing to polyvictimization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Interpersonal Violence
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2018



  • mental health and violence
  • violent offenders
  • youth violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology

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