Navigation Links
Bullied Kids Showing Up in School Nurses' Offices
Date:4/25/2011

By John Leighty
HealthDay Reporter

MONDAY, April 25 (HealthDay News) -- Elementary school children who were victims of peer bullying -- along with the bullies themselves -- made more frequent visits to a school nurse's office with complaints of physical illnesses and injuries than their other classmates, according to new research out of Kansas.

"The message is, a child might be getting frequent stomachaches from being picked on," said Eric Vernberg, lead author of the study and director of the Child and Family Services Clinic at the University of Kansas in Lawrence.

The research, published in the May issue of Pediatrics, revealed a useful strategy for detecting aggressive interactions among children that may otherwise go recognized, added Vernberg.

"If a child is frequently showing up at the nurse's office with a fever or vomiting and no obvious illness, it might reflect the visit is related to victimization and to some extent aggression," Vernberg said. He added that when a student often visits a school nurse and parents get calls about their child complaining of stomachaches, "it's certainly worth examining the child's relationship with [his] peers."

The report is intended to prompt investigation into such cases by school nurses and others to see whether school officials need to intervene to stop bullying.

The Kansas study involved 590 children in grades 3 through 5, and identified a small but statistically significant number who were involved in bullying incidents in six Topeka primary schools. These students went to a nurse's office an average of 4.71 times during the 2000-01 school year.

The study found that aggressive interactions among children can hurt their health and do particular harm to the victimized child, who is likely to become socially withdrawn.

About 45 percent of trips to the school nurse were for somatic, or physical, complaints such as headaches. Another 13 percent of visits were for illnesses with physical symptoms, while 42 percent were for physical injuries with no indicated reasons, based on nursing log notes.

Vernberg and colleagues used questionnaires to survey students on aggression and victimization, asking them about abuse, which ranged from being kicked or grabbed in a mean way, to a child telling lies about a classmate.

Because children often under-report their own aggression, they were asked to circle the names of classmates who hit, kicked, punched others or spread mean rumors, among other things.

On average, boys scored higher than girls on peer-reported aggression, while scores on being victims of bullies did not significantly differ by gender.

Jeffrey Jenson, chief investigator in a Youth Matters project that focused on aggression and substance use prevention at 28 elementary schools in Denver, said the Kansas study was a significant contribution to research on school bullying and discussed ways to stop it.

"The focus doesn't have to be on bullying, per se, but on developing the necessary skills to help children in situations where bullying might arise," said Jenson, an endowed professor of children and youth at risk and associate dean of research at the University of Denver's Graduate School of Social Work.

A second approach is to change the classroom culture by hanging banners with anti-bullying messages, putting on skits and plays that explore aggressive interactions, and training teachers to look for signs of bullying and send a message that it's not acceptable, Jenson added.

"There are some successful outcomes from programs that work to reduce aggression and victimization in schools," he said. "Changing the overall climate is an approach we've used that has shown good results with elementary school kids."

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also suggests that school anti-bullying campaigns always involve students' families. A recent CDC study showed that both bullies and victims are much more likely than other students to have experienced or witnessed physical abuse at home.

The Kansas study authors recommended that future research include rigorous measures of health outcomes, data from physical exams and medical diagnoses to further examine the relationship between bullying and child health.

More information

There's more on preventing bullying at StopBullying.gov.

SOURCES: Eric Vernberg, Ph.D., director, Child and Family Services Clinic, and professor in child psychology, University of Kansas, Lawrence; Jeffrey Jenson, Ph.D., professor for children and youth at risk, and associate dean for research, Graduate School of Social Work, University of Denver; May 2011, Pediatrics


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Girls who are bullied are at risk for substance use through depression
2. Kids With Psoriasis Often at Risk of Being Bullied: Survey
3. Fake Marijuana Users Showing Up in Emergency Rooms
4. Showing Gratitude for Partners Generosity Strengthens Bonds
5. NxStage Announces New FREEDOM Data Showing the Positive Impact of its Daily Home Hemodialysis Therapy on Sleep Quality and Restless Legs Syndrome
6. Columbia Business School hosts American Healthcare Landscape in 2014 Leadership Forum
7. Columbia Business Schools Frank Lichtenberg awarded by the Emerald Literati Network
8. Columbia business school’s Frank Lichtenberg awarded by the Emerald Literati Network
9. U.S. Parents Want Kids More Active During School Day: Poll
10. U-M experts: Gym gone but not forgotten? Parents want more physical activity at school for kids
11. Early School Start Tied to More Teen Crashes: Study
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Bullied Kids Showing Up in School Nurses' Offices
(Date:2/11/2016)... Kimberton, PA (PRWEB) , ... February 12, 2016 , ... ... Carolyn’s classes are a fun and exciting way to get fit and healthy. Located ... Training LLC announces dates for a class designed for horseback riders who want to ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... ... February 11, 2016 , ... Student-doctors ... Osteopathic Association’s (AOA) Match Program Tuesday, February 9, taking one of the final ... osteopathic graduate medical education positions across the country. Of the 103 student-doctors who ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... ... February 12, 2016 , ... The Journal of Pain Research has ... The SJR uses data taken from the Scopus database (Elsevier B.V.) and is a ... received by the journal over a three year period and also the importance of ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... ... February 11, 2016 , ... Hall Integrative Health and ... for their simultaneous grand openings in March. All seven practices are set to ... wondering, is reversing diabetes possible? According to this 2011 CNN article it is ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... ... February 11, 2016 , ... ... webinar, “Intel’s Direct-to-Employee Benefit Model: A Case Study for Plans and Purchasers.” Executives ... system that’s partnering with Intel on value-based health benefits program Connected Care, will ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/11/2016)... Feb. 11, 2016 Brain Cancer patients ... method at West Cancer Center . Optune™, ... to inhibit cancer cell replication causing death of cancer ... a decade to show a significant extension in overall ... patients. Currently, West Cancer Center is the only medical ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... , Feb. 11, 2016  AbbVie, a ... AbbVie Rheumatology Scholarship, designed to provide financial support ... as they pursue higher education goals. Fifteen scholars ... the 2016-2017 school year. The AbbVie Rheumatology Scholarship ... Haas , vice president, corporate social responsibility, brand ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... -- PLAD, Inc. (OTC Pink: PLAD) is pleased to announce that ... targets, are adding key personnel to their national sales ... States Patent and Trademark Office for the characters "P.L.A.D.".    ... PLAD, Inc.  In January, PLAD established their presence in ... two new customers, Cumberland Goodwill EMS and Meadville Ambulance, ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: