More Risk of Bullying for Autistic Teenagers
CHILDREN with autism are more likely to be bullied as they get older, as other youngsters become less tolerant, research suggests. As pupils become teenagers they often want to stick to their own social groups and can become less accepting of those who are different to them, according to a study by Manchester University.
It also found that autistic children are more likely to be bullied at mainstream schools compared to special schools.
The research, based on surveys of around 722 teachers working with pupils with autism and 119 parents of children with the condition, looked at the reasons why these youngsters are more or less likely to be bullied.
The findings show that older children with autism were more likely to be victims of bullying than those in younger year groups.
"Younger students have less complex social groupings and may be more tolerant of the differences associated with autism spectrum conditions (ASC)," the study says.
"As children grow older and become adolescents, social groupings become more complex and tolerance of difference may decrease as a function of the perceived need to adhere more closely to peer group norms. …