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Bullying and Suicide

Since the mid-1990s, psychological, educational, public health, and media communities have increasingly engaged in examination of the association between bullying and suicide among U.S. youth. Bullying involves repeated exposure to negative, hurtful actions perpetrated by one or more other children or adolescents. Bullying is a term used to describe these actions exclusively among youth; such occurrences among adults would be deemed harassment. The young person exposed to these negative actions—referred to as a “victim”—often has trouble defending himself or herself. Youth who perpetrate bullying are termed bullies, and those who both bully others and are victimized are referred to as bully-victims. These terms are used in research and public policy to describe the characteristics of youth involved in bullying, but they should not be used ...

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