Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Bullying and academic performance

Previous research has looked into the mental-health effects of bullying but new research from the University of California Los Angeles (U.C.L.A.) suggests that it may also affect their schoolwork as well. The study involved 2,300 pupils in 11 middle schools in Los Angeles. The pupils were asked about their own experiences of bullying and to list which of their fellow pupils were bullied the most. The pupils who were rated as the most bullied performed substantially worse academically than their peers and participated less in class discussions. The students were less likely to speak up in class and more likely to play truant. However, the link also worked in the other direction with children who performed poorly at school being more likely to be bullied.

You can find out more about this research by clicking on the title of this post.

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