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  New Guidelines for Pediatricians to Help Prevent Bullying
June 16, 2009

One of our experts has co-authored new AAP guidelines to help pediatricians actively prevent bullying and other forms of youth violence.

Joseph Wright, MD, MPH, Senior Vice President of the Child Health Advocacy Institute at Children’s National, co-authored the guidelines, in an effort to engage pediatricians to use their unique interactions with children to actively inquire and help parents identify when a child is a bully or a victim and in need of help.

According to the statement, pediatricians can help intervene, manage, and ultimately prevent youth violence through clinical practice by keeping up to speed on the latest research and interventions for youth violence, preparing and maintaining lists of resources and treatment options that are readily available when needed, and advocating for adequate community-based behavioral health services and increased awareness of bullying among teachers, administrators, and parents.

Members of the media may contact the Public Relations office at 202-476-4500 to speak with Dr. Wright.



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