Survey Shows Bullying Linked To Family Violence

Survey Shows Bullying Linked To Family Violence

Survey Shows Bullying Linked To Family Violence

Are bullies a result of their environment? A survey conducted in early 2009 by the Massachusetts Health Department finds that bullies have been a part of or have witnessed family violence. This comes as no surprise as other tests in the past have shown this very same fact.

The survey questioned almost 6000 high school and middle school students. The survey consisted of several questions covering a myriad of subjects that are known to affect student grades, mental stability and family life. One particular section of the survey asked the children if they were bullies or if they had been bully victims. The results were not surprising at all.

The answers to these questions led the researchers to create four different groups of kids: Bullies, those who were bullied and also bullied other children, victims of bullies and kids who were not bullies or victims.

Over 43% of of the middle school students reported that they were victims of bullies. The survey showed that bullying slows down some when kids move on to high school, with just over 30% of high school students reporting that they were the victims of bullies. The other questions in the survey led researchers to note, that children who were bullies and victims were more likely to develop problems with alcohol, drugs and mental health. This survey also noted that these same children were more likely to think about suicide.

Schools all over the United States deal with the problem of bullies and bullying on a daily basis. This is the first case of a school actually surveying students on bullying and researchers don’t know if the results are typical of the rest of the country.


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