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Bullies Often From Bullying Families

April 25, 2011
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Bullies see or experience more violence in their families than other youngsters. That is the finding of a new study on bullying. Researchers expected this finding.

Researchers also knew that kids who are bullies have poorer grades and use more alcohol and drugs than other kids. The study also confirmed this idea.

The study asked middle and high school students two main questions: have you ever been a bully and have you ever been a victim of a bully?

Of the middle school students, 44 percent said they had been a victim of a bully. Of the high school students, 31 percent they had been a victim of a bully.

Based on their answers they were divided into four groups:

Higher risk

  • Been a bully
  • Been both a bully and a victim of a bully
  • Been a victim of a bully

Lower risk

  • Never been a bully or a victim of a bully

The higher risk students had a much greater chance of having drinking or mental health problems.

A child who was both a bully and a victim of a bully was much more likely to report considering suicide, injuring himself, hurt by a family member and seeing violence in the family than a child who was a bully or the victim of a bully.

A child who was not a bully or a victim of the bully was the least likely to have those problems in his life.

Click here for the full report from the Centers for Disease Control

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