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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.

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Bullying study findings

  • Of 2,141 individuals, 237children were victims of frequent bullying and of that number, 18 (around 8%) self harmed.
  • Of 1,904 children who were not bullied, 44 (2%) self harmed.
  • The research found marginally more girls (52%) than boys resorted to wounding themselves.
  • It also showed bullied children with a family member who had either attempted or committed suicide were more likely to self harm than others.

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