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April 26, 2011

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Bullies, prey in home abuse

WHILE bullies and their victims traffic in threats, taunts and fights in the schoolyard, a new report shows that those on both sides are more likely than others to live with violence at home.

Violent family encounters were most common among youth who identified as a bully-victim, someone who has both bullied and been victimized, the report said.

The link was among findings from a study by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which along with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, analyzed data from middle and high school students across the state.

Massachusetts has been at the forefront of the bullying debate since the widely reported suicides of 15-year-old Phoebe Prince of South Hadley last year and 11-year-old Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover of Springfield in 2009.

The state passed anti-bullying legislation in May 2010 which prohibits bullying in school and online, and mandates school-developed bullying prevention and intervention plans.

The analysis confirmed some well-documented associations with bullying - an increased likelihood of suicide, substance abuse or poor grades.

But it also found that bullies and their victims reported being physically hurt by a family member or witnessing violence at home significantly more often than those who said they had not been bullied.

CDC's report established a link between bullying and events outside school and researchers called for a comprehensive approach to prevent bullying, which would encompass school officials, students and their families.


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