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BULLIES as Victims?

By Jackie Burrell
Friday, July 18th, 2008 at 12:48 pm in Kids & Tweens.

Bullies (Illustration by Gaylen Floy/MCT)Apparently, it’s not just bullies’ victims who are at risk. It’s the bullies too, according to a just-released Yale School of Medicine study. According to a story in today’s New York Times, researchers found heightened risks for suicidal thoughts among bullied children — and their aggressors as well. Children who beat up other kids, physically or emotionally, are two to nine times more likely to entertain suicidal thoughts than youngsters in the general population, and young female bullies are at the high end of the spectrum. What’s unclear is whether bullying behavior increases the suicide risk, or whether suicidal kids are more likely to become bullies.

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