General Article University discovers link between bullying, self-harm and suicide

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In the recent paper published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, researchers believe that they have found that involvement in bullying greatly increases the chances of a child self-harming or contemplating suicide. The authors of the paper, Catherine Winsper, Tanya Lereya and Dieter Wolke, are all based at Warwick University.
The subjects of the research were 6,034 children whose mothers had enrolled in the ‘Children of the 90s’, a long-term health research study at the University of Bristol. The research carried out at Warwick aimed towards the discovery of the levels of bullying in children, as well as investigating how prevalent thoughts of self-harm and suicide were in 11-and-12-year-old children.
After collecting information from parents, teachers and the children involved, the research concluded that the increase in suicidal thoughts could not be attributed to factors other than the involvement in bullying.
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