Cyber Bully Victims Often More Depressed Than
TUESDAY, Sept. 21 (HealthDay News) -- Students who are victims
of cyber bullying at school are more likely to suffer depression
than their tormentors, according to researchers.
Bullying, which traditionally involved physical violence, verbal
harassment or social exclusion, now often includes "cyber"
bullying, a form of electronic aggression. Cyber bullying allows
bullies to engage in aggressive behaviors via computers or cell
Previous studies on traditional bullying have found that
bully-victims (those who both bully others and are bullied
themselves) were at highest risk for depression.
This new study included U.S. students in grades 6 through 10 who
completed a questionnaire designed to measure their levels of
depression, and were asked whether they were either perpetrators or
victims of bullying.
"Notably, cyber victims reported higher depression than cyber bullies or bully-victims, which was not found in any other form of bullying," Jing Wang and colleagues at the U.S. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) wrote in their report, published in the current issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health.
The study authors added that "unlike traditional bullying, which
usually involves a face-to-face confrontation, cyber victims may
not see or identify their harasser; as such, cyber victims may be
more likely to feel isolated, dehumanized or helpless at the time
of the attack."
The findings highlight the need to monitor and provide treatment
for victims of cyber bullying, the researchers said in an NICHD
The Nemours Foundation explains how to
help kids deal with bullies.
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