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It is estimated that approximately 75% of adolescents in the United States has been bullied at some time in school. This is one of many statistics found in the article “Bullies, victims grow into roles that can last a lifetime”. An author, reveals that bullying, while it has many forms and levels of severity, can be devastating and it’s effect often lasts a lifetime.


Bullying is loosely defined as “the abuse of power that is intended to cause pain”. Some common examples of bullying are teasing, name-calling,ridiculing, threatening, and physical acts of aggression such as pushing and shoving. Researchers are emphasizing the need to understand the cause and effect of bullying as statistics reveal a marked rise in the participation of this behavior.

  • About one in seven school children is either a bully or a victim of bullying.
  • Bullying affects aproximately 5 million U.S. elementary and junior high students.
  • 10% to 15% of children report being bullied on a regular basis.

This article was interesting and informative. Although I know bullying has been around for a long time, I was not aware of how severe it had become or that the emotional and physical trauma it can cause is now being identified as a risk factor for the type of adolescent violence seen in school shootings in the past few years. The article is very useful in that it contains a list of warning signs to help parents and professionals identify whether a younster is a victim of bullying or a bully himself.

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