Study: US Teens Less Likely To Engage In Bullying

HealthDay (4/25, Mozes) reports that according to a study published online April 17 in the American Journal of Public Health, US adolescents “are much less likely to engage in bullying than they were a decade ago.” After surveying middle and high school students between the years 1998 and 2010, researchers found that “instances of both verbal and physical bullying dropped by roughly half, with much of the decline seen specifically among boys.” The study’s author, Jessamyn Perlus, “a fellow in the division of intramural population health research with the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development,” part of the US National Institutes of Health, “described her team’s findings as ‘encouraging.’”