The Consequences of Adolescent Bullying and Importance of Parental Guidance
A data from a longitudinal study gathered by the Australian Institute of Family Studies revealed the extent of bullying experienced by young adolescents. At Focused Education we know that children with ADHD and Dyslexia are bullied….often.
We really hate bullying at Focused Education!
Potential Long-Term Effects of Bullying
The West Australian study involving 1150 children sought to uncover how many were bullied or were responsible for bullying others during the ages of 13 or 14 years old. To get a handle on the long-term effects, these children were followed up six years after and researcher Suzanne Vassallo established the following:
- About a quarter of young adolescents experienced bullying.
- These victims were twice as much prone to depression.
- Approximately a fifth of school children bully other students.
- The bullies were inclined to antisocial tendencies compared to their peers.
- Bullies had higher tendencies to engage in crimes like rape or drug trafficking for example.
Factors that Affect Child Behaviour.
Ms Vassallo inferred that some factors come into play that can negate the potential long-term effects of bullying like:
- Strong social skills;
- Better study habits; and
- More involved parents.
Victims and bullies that are exposed to these factors have shown in the latter stages of their lives that they have coped better with the experience and even become responsible adults.
On the contrary, victims that relied more on peer relationships continued to suffer from the experience and remained prone to depression. The important role of Perth parents was highlighted by the fact that many bullies that had better control of their tempers and did not tend to overreact to situations became better and more engaged young adults.
Research into bullying at Focused Education’s Perth-based clinic.
At Focused Education’s Perth-based clinic we have researched anti-bullying programs that are specific to children with learning differences such as Dyslexia or ADHD.
Our tutoring and therapy team can help your child overcome bullying at school.
Our approach to bullying is professional, team-based and uses well-researched strategies including:
- Play therapy from our psychologist team
- A specialist tutoring program that integrates learning, social skills and an anti-bullying program. It was specifically designed by the founder of Focused Education.
All of our tutors are experienced, specialist teachers registered with the West Australian College of Teachers.
We can help. If you have a child that gets bullied, you have told the teachers at school and still need help, give us a call or use the form below.
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