Short children more likely to be bullied at school

March 02, 2000

Bullying in school: are short pupils at risk? Questionnaire study in a cohort

Short children are more likely than those of average size to complain of being bullied at school, suggests research in this week's BMJ. But, say Linda Voss and Jean Mulligan from University Child Health at Southampton General Hospital, teachers report that being short does not stop short children, including girls from being bullies themselves.

The team compared two groups of teenagers, the average age of whom was 14. Ninety two of them were short for their age; 117 were of average height. The children filled in questionnaires designed to find out how often they had been bullied, and additional information was gathered from teachers, parents, and school records.

More short pupils claimed to have been bullied at some point in secondary school. Short boys were twice as likely as their taller peers to say that they had been the victims of bullying, and much more likely to say that bullying upset them. Significantly more of the short children said that bullying had started in junior school and that they were still being bullied. Although short children had as many friends as their taller peers, they tended to spend significantly more break time alone, which could be either the result or the cause of their bullying, say the authors.

Teachers also reported that significantly more short pupils were the victims of bullying. But according to parents, who reported more bullying than either the teachers or the children themselves, a lot of taller children are also bullied. Among those of average height, significantly fewer girls than boys were bullies. But short girls were as likely to be bullies as any of the boys - short or tall.

Contact:

Ms Linda Voss, Child Health, Derriford Hospital, Plymouth. Email: linda.voss@phnt.swest.nhs.uk
-end-


BMJ

Related Bullying Articles from Brightsurf:

Gender, age divide in new bullying study
Students' emotional resilience is linked to their chances of being victimised, with less resilient students more likely to suffer from harassment, new research shows.

Anti-bullying PEACE program packs a punch
Italian high schools have reported success with a South Australian program to help victims of bullying and aggression.

Arts-based method to detect school bullying
Co-authors Daria Hanolainen and Elena Semenova created and tested an experimental method of graphical vignettes - a set of incomplete comic strips which kids are asked to complete using their own creative vision.

Bullying gets worse as children with autism get older
Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are more likely to experience bullying than children without ASD and this bullying gets worse with age, according to new research from Binghamton University, State University of New York.

Does obesity increase risk of being a bullying victim, perpetrator, or both?
A new study has shown that obese adolescents are not only significantly more likely to experience bullying, but they are also more likely to be both victims and perpetrators of bullying compared to their healthy weight peers.

Study examines consequences of workplace bullying
New research reveals how frequently being the target of workplace bullying not only leads to health-related problems but can also cause victims to behave badly themselves.

Bullying linked to student's pain medication use
In a school-based survey study of all students in grades 6, 8, and 10 in Iceland, the use of pain medications was significantly higher among bullied students even when controlling for the amount of pain they felt, as well as age, gender, and socioeconomic status.

Teen girls more vulnerable to bullying than boys
Girls are more often bullied than boys and are more likely to consider, plan, or attempt suicide, according to research led by a Rutgers University-Camden nursing scholar.

Bullying among adolescents hurts both the victims and the perpetrators
About a tenth of adolescents across the globe have been the victim of psychological or physical violence from their classmates.

Bullying evolves with age and proves difficult to escape from
An international team from the Universities of Cordoba, Cambridge and Zurich conducted a study on bullying roles among peers.

Read More: Bullying News and Bullying Current Events
Brightsurf.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.