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Childhood Violence: Bullies and Victims Prone to Suicide

Childhood Violence: Bullies and Victims Prone to Suicide

(ePharmaNews) – Though never been mentioned before, bullies have, as victims, increased risk of suicide.

A new study, published in Adolescent & Child Psychiatry, revealed that children involved in violence whether as victims or bullies are more likely to think of and try to kill themselves at an as early age as eleven.

The study was done on 6000 children aged between 4 and 10 years in U.K schools and found that children who are both bullies and victims of bulling are at 3 times increased risk of suicide, while children who were targets for their peers’ violence for  a prolonged time where at six-fold increased risk.

“Health practitioners should be aware of the relationship between bullying and suicide, and should recognize the very real risks that may be evident earlier in development than commonly thought,” said Dr. Dieter Wolke, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom in a statement. “Targeting interventions from primary school onward could help to prevent chronic exposure to bullying”, he said.

A lot of previous studies have mentioned violence as a danger ritual in some schools, and most of them focused on the victims, where this study tried to shed some light on another part of the story and to reveal that those bullies may be as troubled as their victims.

It is worth mentioning that another form of violence; on-line violence, is evolving gradually, like the story of the American child Ryan Halligan who committed a suicide after years of being bullied through the internet from his classmates and cyber friends.

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