Bullying victimisation and risk of self harm in early adolescence: longitudinal cohort study
BMJ 2012; 344 doi: 10.1136/bmj.e2683 (Published 26 April 2012)
Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e2683
Bullying by peers is a major problem; approximately 25% of children in the United Kingdom report exposure to such victimisation.1 Bullying victimisation is associated with a myriad of emotional and behavioural problems throughout adolescence.2 Over the past few years, the media have focused public attention on instances of suicide and self harm among adolescents who have been bullied, and a commensurate rise in anti-bullying policies and laws has occurred on both sides of the Atlantic.3 4 Surprisingly, very few studies have tested the assumption that exposure to bullying in childhood increases the likelihood that a child or adolescent will self harm.....
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