Bullying in Schools: Research and Solution

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Abstract Bullying in school has become increasingly problematic for teachers and administrators. There have been many highly-publicized incidents illustrating the serious psychological consequences bullying can have for victimized students, including higher rates of absenteeism and even suicide. However, the question of how to deal with bullying remains a vexing one. Schools must remain within the law and try to find programs that have a meaningful effect on bullying, even though victims and perpetrators alike often try to keep the bullying secret from adults. Bullying in school: The long-lasting psychological legacy Although bullying has existed between children seemingly since the beginning of time, only recently has its long-term psychological legacy been assessed. Suicides apparently motivated by bullying that have come to the attention of the media have brought the issue to the forefront of national concern. It is difficult to estimate the extent of bullying, but most studies indicate that the problem is pervasive nation-wide: "According to recent studies, one in five students are bullied each year, and those numbers increase to nine in ten for gay and lesbian students" (Nash 2012). This problem does not simply cause hurt feelings for bullied students: being bullied can have severe psychological consequences. "Bullied students are five times more likely to be depressed than those who go to school unscathed" (Nash 2012). It can also have an impact upon the
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