Too Much Violence and Bullying among Adolescents

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Over the years, there has been an increase in the number of youth violence and social/relational bullying incidents among adolescents. Dresler-Hawke and Whitehead (2009, p. 195) define relational bullying as “a form of victimization whereby peer relationships are purposefully undermined with the intention of socially excluding individuals.” Relational bullying relates to the adolescent as this is an indirect form of bullying that has a negative impact on the social development of this population (Vessey, DiFazio, and Strout, 2013, p. 338). This paper focuses on the negative impacts that bullying has on an adolescent’s social development (isolation, difficulties within peer relationships, and decreased social status) and the interventions that nurses use to promote health and wellness on bullied victims. The importance of developing peer relationships is crucial to adolescent development. Adolescents growing up in a safe and healthy environment among their peers helps foster a positive growth, development, and well-being (Dresler-Hawke et. al., 2009, p. 196). Barbara Jones Warren (2011, p. 22) states that “a primary goal of bullying is to socially exclude or isolate individuals from others with a school or workplace setting.” Relational bullying has a negative impact as adolescents become socially withdrawn from their peers and experience feelings of loneliness and rejection. As a result, this impacts their academic performance and attendance, causing them to withdraw from
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