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Bullying doesn’t just affect victims, but bystanders as well: Study

December 15, 2009

A study shows that the powerlessness that both motivates and is inflicted by school-yard bullying is contagious, spreading also to bystanders who witness the bullying.

Watching their peers get bullied puts adolescents at risk for psychological problems and substance abuse even if they’re not victims or perpetrators, a new study shows.

Of 2,000 British students aged 12 to 16 involved in the study, nearly two-thirds (63 per cent) said in that school term they’d witnessed someone being bullied through name-calling, hitting or kicking, being ignored, having rumours spread about them or being pressured to smoke, drink or use drugs. One-third (34 per cent) said they’d been victims of bullying, while one in five (20 per cent) admitted being perpetrators, and many students fell into more than one of those categories.

via Bullying doesn’t just affect victims, but bystanders as well: Study.

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