Bullying Study Receives National Attention
A 10 year study on bullying authored by Curry's Catherine Bradshaw suggests that school bullying may be declining.
(Reuters Health) - The various efforts used to curb bullying in U.S. schools may be working, a new study suggests.
The study was confined to one large school district in the state of Maryland. But among the students there, bullying in person or online decreased between 2005 and 2014, researchers found.
"It gives us some idea that what we’re doing continues to work," said senior author Catherine Bradshaw, of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.
People should not take the results to mean bullying is no longer a significant concern, she told Reuters Health.
"It continues to be a concern for students who continue to be a part of it," she said.
Writing May 1st in the journal Pediatrics, she and her colleagues note that bullying has received a lot of media attention over the past decade - and as a result, many people may believe it's on the rise.
Past research suggests bullying among school-age children is decreasing, they add, but that research was often flawed. For example, some studies did not use a standardized definition of bullying; other studies only analyzed people who were victimized or only elementary, middle or high school students.
For the new study, the researchers analyzed survey responses collected between 2005 and 2014 from 246,306 fourth- through 12th-graders at 109 schools in Maryland.
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