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Academic problems beget bullying.

Elementary school students who suffer from psychosocial distress are more likely to be involved in bullying, and those with academic problems are more likely to be victims or bully-victims, according to a cross-sectional study of 3,530 children, wrote Gwen M. Glew, M.D., of the University of Washington, Seattle, and her associates.

About 22% of third-, fourth-, and fifth-grade students reported involvement in bullying as either the bully, the victim, or both (bully-victims) in a cross-sectional study of data from a school-based survey. Overall, lower levels of school achievement, feeling unsafe at school, feelings of not belonging at school, and feeling sad were positively associated with being a victim rather than a bystander (Arch. Pediatr. Adolesc. Med. 2005;159:1026-31).

Students who reported feeling unsafe or feeling sad most days were 2.5 times and 1.5 times, respectively, more likely to be a bully than a bystander. In addition, feeling unsafe, feelings of not belonging at school, and lower school achievement were associated with increased odds of being a bully-victim rather than a bystander.
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Author:Splete, Heidi
Publication:Clinical Psychiatry News
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1U9WA
Date:Dec 1, 2005
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