April 28, 2012

Three Times Greater Risk

1 Bullied Kids More Likely to Self Harm

Kids who are bullied during childhood are up to three times more likely to harm themselves up to age 12, find researchers in the UK. Girls were slightly more likely to self harm, but the risk was evident for both sexes. The research, published in British Medical Journal or BMJ, found that several factors increased the risk for self-harming behaviors, including behavioral and emotional problems, and family history of self harm. Examples of self harm included cutting and biting arms, banging head against walls, attempted suicide by strangulation and pulling out clumps of hair. Bullying was defined as the following frequent actions by another kid: hitting, kicking or shoving, saying hurtful or mean things, ignoring or excluding the victim, and telling lies or spreading rumors.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Effects Bullying, Self Harm Behaviors Young Kids, Why Kids Self Harm, Bullied Kids More Likely Self Harm, King's College London, BMJ Bully Research, Cutting and Biting Arms, Banging Head Against Walls, Attempted Suicide by Strangulation, Pulling Out Clumps of Hair

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