HealthDay (6/1, Dallas) reported, “Children who are bullied in elementary school are almost five times more likely to engage in self-harm by the time they are teenagers,” according to a study published in the June issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. For the study, researchers focused on some 5,000 children in the UK. “After taking into account other factors, such as domestic violence, parenting styles or poor family life, the findings still demonstrated a clear link between being bullied at a young age and self-harm as a teen. Bullying, the researchers said, may increase children’s risk for depression or worsen the negative effects of a difficult family situation.”
— “Bullied Kids More Likely to Self-Harm as Teens, “Mary Elizabeth Dallas, HealthDay, June 01, 2013.