Cyberbullying Linked To Increased Risk For Suicidal Behaviors In Children.

Medscape (5/22) reports, “Children in the United States who experience both school bullying and cyberbullying are at alarming risk for suicidal behavior,” according to research presented at the American Psychiatric Association meeting. Investigators who analyzed data from the Youth Risk Behavior Survey found “that the combination of both types of bullying was associated with a 4-fold higher incidence of all suicide risk factors, including suicidal thoughts, plans, and attempts, compared with those who experienced no bullying.” Investigators found that “cyberbullying alone was associated with a 3-fold increased risk for suicidal behaviors.”

MedPage Today (5/22, Gever) reports on the cyberbullying study, and also point out that “a separate analysis of YRBS data…found that teenagers with four or more previous sex partners, those starting to have sex before age 13, and those who said they had been forced into sex all showed much higher rates of suicidal ideation or attempts than the general high-school-age population.”

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— “Cyberbullying, Risky Sex Hike Teen Suicide Risk, “John Gever, MedPage Today, May 21, 2013.

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