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Bullying Related Health Risks

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Bullying is associated with serious health concerns, whether a child is the bully or the victim. Bullying remains a serious problem in schools, and technology allows harassment to continue even at home. Download our fact sheet to learn more on what you can do to prevent bullying.

The Clinic for Health Problems Related to Bullying provides treatment for children and teenagers with difficulties that often lead to bullying as well as victims who experience physical and emotional symptoms or related educational problems, including increased absenteeism and poor grades.

Children frequently involved in bullying as bullies and/or as victims share a significant risk of suffering from various health problems such as:
• Backaches
• Depression
• Dizziness
• Injuries that require medical care
• Irritability
• Sleeping difficulties
• Stomachaches
• Suicidal attempts
• Suicide
An initial evaluation helps us determine the most appropriate intervention for your child. Treatment may individual, family and/or group psychotherapy, as well as prescription treatment.

Bullying Needs to Stop
As the largest provider of pediatric care in the Washington, DC, area and as one of the nation’s leading children’s hospitals, we treat the effects and consequences of bullying every day.

Children’s care providers are also passionate advocates and educators, and promote community awareness about bullying, the associated health risks, and the need to implement research-based bullying prevention programs that involve students, teachers, parents, and the community.

Jorge C. Srabstein, MD, Medical Director of the Clinic for Health Problems Related to Bullying, has testified on Capitol Hill about the connection between bullying and public health problems in our society.

For more information about Children’s current campaigns and research, speak with a member of the clinic staff or your child’s care team.

Helpful links
What Can I Do to Help Prevent Bullying (PDF)
Stop, US. Government Website, Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Education
Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, Clemson University and Hazelden
• Committee for Children, Steps to Respects, A Bullying Prevention Program
• PREVNet, Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence
Bully Police USA, A Watch-dog Organization - Advocating for Bullied Children & Reporting on State Anti Bullying Laws
Position Statement on the Prevention of Bullying Related Morbidity and Mortality (PDF)

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