Bullying has become increasingly in the awareness of our society and is most prevalent in middle school age children/adolescents. Between 1 in 4 and 1 in 3 students in the United States report being bullied at some point in school. Studies suggest that rates of bullying may be declining, however, it remains a prevalent and serious problem in today’s schools.
Bullying involves the bully, the person being bullied and the bystanders who observe the bullying. While we often focus on the child who is bullied research has shown that all of those involved in bullying are at risk for negative outcomes.
Children who are bullied are more likely to experience depression, anxiety, physical health complaints and to have a poorer academic achievement. Children who bully are more likely to engage in: substance abuse, fighting, early sexual activity and to abuse others throughout their lifespan. Children who witness bullying as bystanders are more likely to abuse substances, have increased risk for anxiety and depression and have increased missed days from school.
All of those affected by bullying can learn healthier ways to stand up for themselves and others. It is also important to help those who are dealing with bullying strategies to manage the emotions of guilt, shame, anxiety, anger and isolation that can occur for victims of bullying. We have therapists who specialize in teen counseling and play therapy so we have the ability to help children of all ages with issues related to bullying.
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