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Bullying has been proven to be a leading cause of youth violence, eating disorders, substance abuse, low grades, truancy, dropping out of school, self-injury an suicide. Read the following statistics:


 

Bullying:   Approximately 160,000 children a day stay home from school because they are afraid of being bullied. US Dept of Education  That's over 3 million students a month. A national survey of kids in grades 6-10, found 13 percent reported bullying others, 11 percent reported being the target of bullies, and another 6 percent said that they bullied others and were bullied themselves. Experts say the facts are troubling, because bullying too often leads to violence, loss of self-esteem, depression and even suicide. Source: National Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center  

Bullying Suicide:  According to the CDC suicide is the third leading cause of death of youth between the ages of 10 and 24. It results in approximately 4400 lives lost each year. Deaths from youth suicide are only part of the problem. More young people survive suicide attempts than actually die. A nationwide survey of youth in grades 9-12 in public and private schools in the United States (U.S.) found that 15% of students reported seriously considering suicide, 11% reported creating a plan, and 7% reporting trying to take their own life in the 12 months preceding the survey. Each year, approximately 149,000 youth between the ages of 10 and 24 receive medical care for self-inflicted injuries at Emergency Departments across the U.S.A new study published in JAMA Pediatrics confirms what many probably suspected regarding the detrimental effects of bullying: a significantly greater likelihood of suicide attempts. Teens who were bullied were 2.5 times as likely to attempt suicide. That likelihood was further increased in teens who were cyberbullied. “This might be because with cyberbulling, victims may feel they’ve been denigrated in front of a wider audience,” said study leader Mitch van Geel. However, teens who were involved in either side of bullying also had an increased risk: They were 2.35 times more likely to commit suicide.

Bullying Violence:   New research on 37 school shootings, including Columbine and Sandy Hook, found that almost three-quarters of student shooters felt bullied, threatened, attacked or injured by others. In fact, several shooters reported experiencing long-term and severe bullying and harassment from their peers.  Source:  Secret Service and the U.S. Department of Education

Bullying Post Tramautic Stress Disorder:  Researchers at Hasbro Children's Hospital in Providence, R.I., looked at more than 350 teens treated for any reason in the hospital's ER. They found that 46.5 percent reported violence at the hands of other teens, nearly 47 percent said they had been targets of cyberbullying, and nearly 59 percent said they had been exposed to community violence.  More than 23 percent reported PTSD symptoms, nearly 14 percent had moderate or serious symptoms of depression, and about 11 percent said they had suicidal thoughts within the previous year.

Bullying and Substance Abuse:  As a result of bullying-related depression, adolescent girls may engage in substance use.  Jeremy Luk/Washington University Report  funded by Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)

Bullies Target Obese Kids
:  In a study conducted by the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, Teachers reported that 34 percent of the study children had been bullied, and mothers reported that 45 percent of the children had been bullied, while 25 percent of the children themselves said they had been bullied. The study was led by Julie C. Lumeng, who is an assistant professor at the university's Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases and also the lead author of the paper. She says that one of the reasons bullying is so tightly-watched is because it promotes feelings of depression, anxiety and loneliness in victims. In some cases, these symptoms can get so severe that children commit suicide to escape. Bullying is worse today than in the past, because the Internet allows bullies to follow their victims throughout the day.

Obesity and Eating Disorders: A 2003 survey reported 13.5 percent of high school students as obese. Overall obesity reported in high school boys was 17.3 percent, nearly double that of girls, which was 9.4 percent. In the United States, conservative estimates indicate that, after puberty, 5-10 million girls and women and 1 million boys and men are struggling with eating disorders including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, or borderline conditions. Source: National Eating Disorders Association 33% of Anorexia respondents reported the onset of their illness between the ages of 11-15 and 43% reported the onset between the ages of 16-20. Source:  ANAD (Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders)

Drop Out Rate: A new study from the Unviersity of Virginia found that the prevalence of teasing and bullying in schools directly increases high school dropout rates, independent of factors like socioeconomic status and academic performance. The study followed 7,082 students over their four years of high school as well as 2,764 teachers in Virginia from 2007-2011. Schools with high rates of bullying had dropout rate 29 percent above average, whereas schools with low levels of bullying had dropout rates 28 percent below average. UVA professor Dewey Cornell points out that the study is the latest piece of evidence that an inclusive school climate is vital to student success.

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