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HHS HealthBeat (November 19, 2012)

Parents, kids and bullying

A girl is bullied by others in the classroom.

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Preventing Bullying

From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

Researchers say that how parents and kids get along at home can influence whether the child will be a bully outside the home. At the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Rashmi Shetgiri looked at national survey data from 2007 on about 45,000 young people.

Shetgiri says that children were more likely to be bullies if their parents had said they felt angry with their kid, felt that their kid bothers them a lot, and felt that the child is harder to care for than other children.

So she says:

“Parents can try to recognize when they are reacting in an angry or irritable way with their children, as this may influence how their children behave towards others.”

The study in the American Journal of Public Health was supported by the National Institutes of Health.

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HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

Last revised: November 23, 2012