CDC study links bullying with family violence

BOSTON Fri Apr 22, 2011 11:43am EDT

An anti-bullying billboard hangs on a building in downtown Boston, Massachusetts March 3, 2011. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

An anti-bullying billboard hangs on a building in downtown Boston, Massachusetts March 3, 2011.

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BOSTON (Reuters) - While bullies and their victims traffic in threats, taunts and fights in the schoolyard, a report on Thursday showed those on both sides are also more likely to live with violence at home.

Violent family encounters were most common among youth who identified as someone who has both bullied and been victimized, the report said.

The association was among findings from a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which along with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health analyzed data from middle and high school students across the state.

Massachusetts has been at the forefront of the bullying debate since the widely reported suicides of 15-year-old Phoebe Prince of South Hadley last year and 11-year-old Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover of Springfield in 2009.

The state passed anti-bullying legislation in May 2010 which prohibits bullying in school and online, and mandates school-developed bullying prevention and intervention plans.

The CDC analysis, published online in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report for April 22, confirmed some well-documented associations with bullying -- an increased likelihood of suicide, substance abuse or poor grades.

But using the Massachusetts data, the CDC also found bullies and their victims reported being physically hurt by a family member or witnessing violence at home significantly more often than people who said they had not been bullied.

CDC's report established a link between bullying and events outside school.

"A comprehensive approach that encompasses school officials, students and their families is needed to prevent bullying among middle school and high school students," the CDC researchers said.

The report, which CDC said was the first state-specific analysis of risk factors and bullying, also noted that significant numbers of bullies and bully-victims said they had recently used alcohol or drugs.


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CentralPALady wrote:
The study has a point and I am not disputing it. However, what does this have to do with the mission of the CDC? Bullying is not a disease. Family violence is not a disease. Aren’t there enough diseases for the CDC to occupy their time and funding with?

Apr 22, 2011 1:11pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
KidsRpeople2 wrote:
School employees Hitting students under the guise of “Discipline” is unacceptable. Corporal/Physical Pain as Punishment or Paddling done by taxpayer funded school employees hitting children with wooden boards to deliberately inflict pain as punishment if done in view of the public would result in the paddle wielder being arrested and imprisoned for criminal felony assault, as would any other person, be they a Police Officer, Lawmaker or U.S. Supreme Court Justice!

Corporal Punishment is already Illegal in Schools in 31 U.S. States and Prohibited by Federal Law for use against Convicted Felons in U.S. Prisons. Paddling injuries to children put school districts at risk of lawsuits. Several “School Paddling States” have “Teacher Immunity Laws” to protect school employees from criminal/civil action. Some “School Paddling States” such as Tennessee, North and South Carolina do not require parental consent or notification for children to be hit by their teachers/coaches/administrators at school to deliberately inflict pain as punishment for minor infractions such as not turning in homework or horsing around.

Search ‘A Violent Education’ and ‘School Is Not Suppossed To Hurt’ to see what legally passes as ‘Discipline’ in 21st Century Classrooms in 19 U.S. States. Non-violent discipline resources are available at sparethekids dot com and dontbeatblackkids dot com.

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Apr 22, 2011 1:18pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
nemocato wrote:
Nicely said CentralPALady. So did politians have bad home lives? Is that way we are constantly at war?

Apr 22, 2011 2:07pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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