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July 20, 2021
by Patricia Tomasi

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Did Bullying Increase Or Decrease During the Pandemic?

July 20, 2021 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Aggressive Behavior looked at school bullying before and during COVID-19 using a population-based randomized design. “We wondered if the COVI-19 infection control measures would have an impact on the prevalence of bullying. In particular, we thought that rates would be lower because students were supervised more and were organized into smaller cohorts,” study author Dr. Tracy Vaillancourt told us. [More]

February 26, 2021
by Elizabeth Pratt

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Bullies May Bully To Climb The Social Ladder

February 26, 2021 08:00 by Elizabeth Pratt  [About the Author]

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Teenagers who bully may be using aggression as a technique to climb the social ladder. Research from UC Davis published recently in the American Journal of Sociology found that teens who harass, bully or victimize their peers don’t always do this due to an unhealthy home environment or due to psychological problems, but out of a desire to strategically move up in a school’s social hierarchy. [More]

February 19, 2021
by Tina Arnoldi

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“It Gets Better”: More Than a Slogan

February 19, 2021 08:04 by Tina Arnoldi  [About the Author]

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The "It Gets Better" project aims to reduce suicide among LGBT adolescents by offering narratives by mainly adult LGBT persons. A recent, but very small study, found both positive and negative aspects of these campaigns. Messages were helpful for promoting hope, but there was a perceived lack of diversity on sexual identities, and some shallowness around suicidal ideation. I invited experts to comment on whether these types of campaigns can make a difference. [More]

February 2, 2021
by Patricia Tomasi

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How Do Teens React When They See Their Immigrant Peers Being Bullied?

February 2, 2021 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Child Development looked at how non-immigrant children respond when immigrant children are bullied. "This study examined how adolescents react to bias-based bullying of immigrant and non-immigrant peers," study author, Secil Gonultas told us. "We were interested in learning more about when and why adolescents are willing to intervene when they see others being bullied. [More]