o 65% females see issue as extremely serious, compared to just 40%
o Males find violence in school most serious out of child abuse, teenage suicide, violence
against women, crime, youth gangs, etc
o Generally, the concern levels for females are significantly higher than those of males.
- Teens were asked if they have a close friend who personally has encountered violence or has
had depression or suicide-related experiences:
o 5/10 led by females say they had a close friend who have been seriously depressed
o 4/10 have a close friend who has attempted suicide
In the above 2 cases, the levels for females exceed those for males
o Almost 40% males and 25% females report to have a close friend who has been
physically attacked at school.
o Around 40% females and 25% males say a close friend has been physically abused at
o 3/10 females and just under 2/10 confide they have a close friend who has been
o 30% of males and 20% females say a close friend has been victim of gang violence
Above findings should be not be interpreted as if say for eg. 3/10 females say
they have a close friend who has sexually abused mean there are 3/10 females
But these findings indicate the incidence of depression, suicide attempts,
physical attacks and abuse is startling high
have been bullied during school
o Disproportionately directed at males who feel isolated
o Bullying is cyclical those who are bullied bully.
Differences across the country:
- Concern about violence in schools somewhat less in Quebec.
- Teens in cities over 400 000 slightly less inclined to view school violence as very serious and no
more likely to say they do not feel safe at school.
- Teens living on farms least likely to say they have a close friend who has been attacked at school
or physically abused at home
- Little difference in concern about violence at school and home between teens born in Canada
and those born outside Canada.
- There is slightly greater tendency for teens who have come to Canada to say both they have a
- Teens from outside Canada their inclination to engage in offences resemble those of teens born
here (noted by Siu Kwong Wong in recent study of Winnipeg Chinese teens)