Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Mental Health Woes Plague 'Cyberbullies' and Their Victims

Health Day News (online) July 6:

"Teens who 'cyberbully' others via the Internet or cell phones are more likely to suffer from both physical and psychiatric troubles, and their victims are at heightened risk, too, a Finnish study finds. The survey of almost 2,500 teens found that more than 7 percent of teens bullied other teens online, about 5 percent were targets of this aggressive behavior, and 5.4 percent said they were both bullies and bullied. 'People may wonder how similar teens in Finland are to teens in the U.S., but national research that I recently published indicates that rates of traditional bullying and victimization from bullying are very similar among kids in both countries,' said Dr. Matthew Davis, an associate professor of pediatrics, internal medicine and public policy at the University of Michigan..."
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