Sticks, Stones -- and Words -- Can Hurt

March 2004
Ascribe Newswire: Medicine;3/22/2004, p60
On some playgrounds, verbal and physical harassment can happen as often as once every five minutes, according to Wichita State University child psychologist Jim Snyder. In a study published in the journal "Child Development," Snyder reported that in observations of 266 boys and girls ages 5 to 7 at a Wichita school playground, there were multiple occasions of bullying by their peers. On average, children were targets of physical and verbal harassment about once every three to six minutes. As the children move on from kindergarten, the rates do decrease, as kids figure out how to deal with the harassment. Schools are implementing intervention programs at different levels because bullying has been shown to affect school attendance and academic performance.


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