Family Physicians Help Patients and Families Confront Bullying
Bullying has received increasing attention in the past decade and family physicians are confronting the problem by helping families identify and address the harmful effects of bullying. People who bully and those who are bullied often have higher levels of depression, physical injury, anxiety, distractibility, poor self-esteem and school absenteeism than those not involved in bullying.
The Centers for Disease Control estimates that, in the past year, 20 percent of youth have been bullied on school property and 16 percent have been bullied electronically. Verbal and social bullying are the most common, followed by physical bullying and cyberbullying. Seventy percent of young people reported seeing bullying in their schools.
Only about 20 to 30 percent of students who are bullied notify adults about the bullying. Approximately 30 percent of young people admit to bullying others.
AAFP Policy: Violence, Harassment and School Bullying
Violence, harassment, and bullying that takes place in any venue, including electronic media, for any reason including, but not limited to ethnicity, socioeconomic status, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, physical status, disability, or other personal characteristics, has significant and harmful physical and psychological effects and should not be tolerated.
AAFP Clinical Preventive Service Recommendation on Depression
The AAFP supports the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) clinical preventive service recommendation on this topic.
Bullying Resources from the CDC
More AAFP Resources
Bullying Among Adolescents: A Challenge in Primary Care
Can Increased Awareness Trump Cyberbullies?
AAFP Launches PSA Campaign to Educate Patients (video below)