Bullying and Mental Health

  • Violet Cox-WingoEmail author
  • Sandra Poirier


The social worker perspective on bullying is that here is a strong link between bullies and their mental health. Bullying is a form of misplaced aggressive behavior often carried through by using intimidation, shaming, and profound hurtful comments. Young people who have experienced bullying are more likely to experience mental health issues, and those who have mental health issues are more likely to be bullied. Stress and anxiety caused by bullying and harassment can make it more difficult for kids to learn. This chapter illustrates the serious effects of childhood bullying on health, resulting in substantial costs for individuals, their families, and their communities. Recommendations for consideration on practices, research, and policies conclude this chapter.


Bullying Mental health Cyberbullying 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.(Retired) Chief, Social Work Service, Department of Veterans AffairsTennessee Valley Healthcare SystemMurfreesboroUSA
  2. 2.Department of Human Sciences, College of Behavioral and Health SciencesMiddle Tennessee State UniversityMurfreesboroUSA

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