Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

Bullying Related Morbidity: Rediscovering the Syndrome of Maltreatment

Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

Bullying Related Morbidity: Rediscovering the Syndrome of Maltreatment

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There is evolving evidence that bullying is a multifaceted form of maltreatment prevalent along the lifespan, across social settings and around the world. Participation in bullying as a bystander, victim and/or as a perpetrator is significantly linked to a wide spectrum of health problems including suicidal attempts, frequent depression, irritability, anxiety, insomnia, nightmares, headaches or stomachaches, obesity, alcohol and drug abuse, running away episodes and accidental injuries.

Students who are in the dual roles of both being bullies and victims (victim-perpetrators) have been found to be the most vulnerable among those who participate in bullying. They are especially at risk in attempting or completing suicide before age 25 years, as well as to committing repeated criminal offenses between ages 16 and twenty-five years. Moreover, they are usually misunderstood and less protected when they are judged to be responsible for their victimization as they also mistreat others. …

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