May 1 (UPI) — New research suggests bullying and bullying-related behaviors are on the decline at elementary, middle and high schools.
Education researchers surveyed approximately 246,000 students in grades 4 through 12 at 109 Maryland schools over the course of ten years. The result — detailed in the journal Pediatrics — suggest bullying is trending down.
“While bullying is a significant public health concern and has received considerable attention from the media and policymakers, these data suggest that things are starting to improve,” senior study author Catherine Bradshaw, a professor at the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education, said in a news release.
Many studies have analyzed the psychological and academic effects of bullying, but few have looked at rates of bullying over the course of several years.
The research included surveys designed to measure the prevalence of different types of bullying behaviors. Students self-reported their experiences with bullies at school as well …