This study examined the associations between bullying and smoking in grade 7-12 Ontario students using anonymous data from the 2003 OSDUS data set.
The OSDUS from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Toronto, is the longest ongoing school survey of adolescents in Canada, conducted every 2 years since 1977.
The OSDUS applied a 2-stage (school and class) cluster sampling design, stratified by school board (a regional office that oversees a group of publicly funded schools) (22) and school type (grade level).
The 2003 OSDUS shows that approximately 44% of Ontario students were involved in bullying: 14.7% were victims (29.0% either victims or bully/victims), 15.1% were bullies (29.4% either bullies or bully/victims), and 14.3% were bully/victims.
(3) By including a broad range of ages, the 2003 OSDUS allowed for greater detail on the relationships among age, bullying, and smoking, particularly from a developmental perspective.
The Mental Health and Well-Being of Ontario Students 1991-2001: Findings from the OSDUS. CAMH Research Document Series No.
Drug Use Among Ontario Students 19772003: Detailed OSDUS Findings.