Bullying And Bullying

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Bullying Among Youth in School Introduction Bullying is a huge public health concern, especially seen in schools. A study published in 2008, found out that 29.9% of US youth between Grade 6 – 10, are involved in bullying; whether as a bully (13%), victims (10.6%) or both (6.3%) (Nansel et. al 2001). Bullying has many forms, direct or indirect. It can also be either emotional or physical harassments and aggression. Direct form includes physical aggression, teasing, name-calling, and threatening. Indirect form is more emotional; it includes spreading rumors, exclusion from groups and backstabbing. Bullies choose their victims based on specific characteristics, whether it is age, gender, academic level, or ethnicity. Bullying can results in psychiatric disorders that not only seen in victims, but in bullies too. It ranges from depression, self-harm, suicidal behavior, anxiety, and substance abuse. Therefore, it is important to address this issue between youth. Also, it is important to spread awareness about bullying and its forms. Some youth might be involved in passive (indirect) bullying without realizing it; thus awareness campaigns can reduce bullying. Aims of the research are: • Discuss the prevalence of bullying in school in US. • Discuss the different forms of bullying in school. • Discuss the risk factors, social or individual, for getting bullied, or being the bully. • Discuss the short term and long term outcomes of bullying • Discuss bullying prevention programs.

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