Who is affected by bullying

Bullying starts in elementary school and becomes most common in middle school. By high school, it is less common but still occurs.

About 1 out of 4 adolescents report being bullied, being a bully, or both.1, 2

Girls who bully are more likely to do so in emotional ways. Boys who bully often do so in both physical and emotional ways.

Citations

  1. Sadock BJ, Sadock VA (2007). Bullying section of Human development throughout the life cycle. In Kaplan and Sadock's Synopsis of Psychiatry, Behavioral Sciences/Clinical Psychiatry, 10th ed., p. 42. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.
  2. Dinkes R, et al. (2007). Indicator 11: Bullying at school. Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2007 (NCES 2008-021/NCJ 219553). Washington, DC: U.S. Departments of Education and Justice. Also available online: http://nces.ed.gov//pubs2008/2008021.pdf.

Last Updated: January 14, 2009

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