Family relations, friendships may reduce risks of bullying

06/24/2013 |

Researchers surveyed 130,908 sixth-, ninth- and 12th-graders on bullying, and found that 6.1% and 9.6% of them were frequent bullies and frequent victims, respectively. Bullying was tied to an increased risk of suicidal thoughts and attempts, but the study showed that having good relationships with parents and feeling that friends and the community cared about them reduced such risks. The findings appear in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

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