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Sun Nov 18, 2012, 05:18 PM

Study from September: Schools with more economic inequality have more bullying

Many factors place students at risk for being bullied. Research published in the American Journal of Public Health finds that kids and teens from poor families are more likely to be bullied than others. The study, which surveyed over 160,000 students from nearly 6,000 schools in Europe and North America, also concluded that schools with the largest economic inequality (or a big difference between how wealthy some families are and how poor other families are) had the highest rates of bullying. Exposure to bullying did not vary based on the overall wealth or poverty of a given country. But, following the patterns seen in schools, countries with the highest disparity of wealth had the highest rates of bullying. The authors argue that these variations between countries and schools show that bullying is not a natural adolescent behavior, but a reflection of social context. Therefore, the social context needs to be taken into account when planning prevention and intervention strategies. It is important to note that although socioeconomic status and disparity explained some variation in bullying rates between schools and countries, it did not account for all of it. The authors argue that factors such as legal protections for children and differences in disciplinary measures may also play a role.


http://www.stopbullying.gov/blog/2012/09/11/research-brief-low-socioeconomic-status-contributes-to-bullying-risk/

Bolding mine.

I find this fascinating...the effects of great economic inequality manifest in disturbing ways well before adulthood.

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YoungDemCA Nov 2012 OP
The Velveteen Ocelot Nov 2012 #1
HiPointDem Nov 2012 #2
LiberalEsto Nov 2012 #3
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Response to YoungDemCA (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 05:31 PM

1. Duh.

It was ever thus. The well-off yuppie kids with the cars and the fashionable clothes pick on the poor kids who don't have those things. Nothing new. Not good, but not new.

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Sun Nov 18, 2012, 05:46 PM

2. kr. important.

 

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Response to YoungDemCA (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 05:49 PM

3. Interesting

I was bullied a lot in school, from 3rd grade through high school.
My parents were struggling immigrants in the early 1960s.
We had Salvation Army furniture. I wore nothing but hand-me-downs and cheap eyeglasses.
We lived in a less-affluent neighborhood that, because of a court case, was sending its kids to an elementary school in an affluent neighborhood nearby. The rich kids got their own sailboats at 10 or 12.

But most of the kids who bullied me came from my own neighborhood.

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Sun Nov 18, 2012, 05:57 PM

4. my daughter is an affluent high school

This year there was a former student who made a cyber threat against the school. He said he was going to shoot up the school. He said the reason was because the rich students used their status to make other students feel inferior, so yeah I would have to agree with that.

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