The prevalence of bullying and related behaviors reported by
nearly 250,000 students in Maryland schools declined significantly between
2005-2014, according to a study to be published in the June 2017 issue of Pediatrics.
The study, “Ten-Year Trends in Bullying and Related Attitudes Among 4th-12th Graders
,” (published online May 1), found that cyberbullying had decreased,
along with physical, verbal and relational bullying experiences, as
self-reported by students who were surveyed in 109 Maryland schools. The Johns
Hopkins Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence developed the on-line
survey system in collaboration with school-based partners, and included a
definition of bullying that was consistent with the World Health Organization
and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The authors conclude that
bullying has remained a prevalent, though declining experience for school-aged
youth, with 13.4 percent to 28.8 percent of 246,306 students reporting an
experience with bullying in the past month. School climate and a reduction in
bullying were cited as the greatest improvements. The authors encourage the use
of evidence-based programming aimed at reducing school-based bullying to
further reduce the problem.
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