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The Indian Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 78, Issue 3, pp 307–310 | Cite as

Bullying Among School Children: Prevalence and Association with Common Symptoms in Childhood

  • S. G. Ramya
  • Mulrlidhar L. KulkarniEmail author
Original Article

Abstract

Objective

To estimate the prevalence of bullying among girls and boys in school and examine its association with psychological and psychosomatic symptoms.

Methods

500 students aged between 8-14 yrs from 5 randomly selected schools as well as their parents and teachers were interviewed using a pretested questionnaire.

Results

Bullying was reported by 302(60.4%) of the 500 children interviewed. Bullying was seen to be more prevalent among boys than girls, the commonest forms being calling names and making fun of one's looks. Physical abuse was reported by 38 students. Only 65 (39%) parents knew that their children were being bullied. Bullied children were more likely to report symptoms such as headache, loose motions, fever and depression. Teachers were found to be ignorant of the whole issue.

Conclusions

Bullying is a major problem among school children. Bullied children complained of psychosomatic symptoms which are potentially harmful for development. Teachers must be adequately trained to tackle this problem. Pediatricians should always consider bullying as a causative agent for illness and plan for appropriate interventions.

Keywords

Bullying School children Violence Psychosomatic illness 

Notes

Acknowledgements

I am grateful to ICMR for giving me an opportunity to do this research work as an undergraduate student.

I wish to thank Dr. Srinivas Masoor for lending his valuable time and support in guiding me in the right direction.

Contributions

Dr. M L K; Concept and study design, critical appraisal of the study, analysis of data, critical revision of the draft, will act as guaranteer of the manuscript. Dr. R S G; Collection, analysis and interpretation of data, preparation of draft, drafting final script.

Conflict of Interest

None

Role of Funding Source

ICMR Short term Studentship No. 21/197/2007-BMS

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Copyright information

© Dr. K C Chaudhuri Foundation 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.House SurgeonJJM Medical CollegeDavangereIndia
  2. 2.Department of PediatricsJJM Medical CollegeDavangereIndia

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