Study calls for more anti-bullying programmes in schools

The authors of a study which found those bullied as youngsters are more likely to self-harm in later life, have called for more effective programmes to prevent bullying in schools.

In a paper, published by the British Medical Journal, they suggest efforts should focus on improving the ways in which children cope with emotional distress.

"Bullying by peers is a major problem during the early school years," they said."This study found that before 12 years of age a small proportion of children frequently exposed to this form of victimisation already deliberately harmed themselves and in some cases attempted to take their own lives."


Bully victims 'prone to self harm'

A study shows how children bullied during their early years are up to three times more likely to self harm than their class-mates when they reach adolescence.