Psychologically distressed kids good at bullying

Elementary school children who are psychologically distressed they feel sad most days and feel as if they do not belong at school are more likely to be involved in some form of bullying.

india Updated: Nov 12, 2005 11:58 IST
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Elementary school children who are psychologically distressed they feel sad most days and feel as if they do not belong at school are more likely to be involved in some form of bullying, investigators have found Such children are prone to be a victim of bullying, a bully themselves, or a bully-victim someone who is both victimized and bullied others.

Children who struggle academically are also more likely to be victims or bully-victims, according to results of the survey of more than 3,500 third, fourth, and fifth graders attending an urban public school in a US city. The results of the survey appear in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine this month. “The association between low achievement in school and bullying is concerning,” Dr Gwen M. Glew, from the University of Washington said. “The primary mission of schools is to educate children. It is possible that bullying is getting in the way of that goal," she explained.

First Published: Nov 12, 2005 11:58 IST