Bullying And Its Effects On Mental And Physical Health Of Bullied Individuals

1283 Words Mar 22nd, 2016 6 Pages
Has someone ever made fun of you, made you feel stupid, or made you feel bad about yourself? If yes, then you have been a victim of bullying. Bullying can diminish the mental and/or physical health of bullied individuals. This epidemic happens every day, yet nothing is trying to stop it. If no one addresses the problem, then it will continue to be a problem. Yes, there are programs trying to prevent bullying, but who is to say that people are listening? Even with all of the bully prevention programs, bullying is still not being addressed properly because it is still prevalent in causing negative impacts on one’s mental and physical health and can lead to suicidal thoughts. Bullying is typically defined as unwanted, aggressive behavior usually involving a power difference. Some bullying can derive from the social hierarchy at the school (Thornberg 16). A bully will tourment someone who has less power than them (either economically, socially, or physically). People who bully others end to feel a sense of entitlement and dominance. Frequency, intention, and a power difference are three main variables to look for between interactions with people (Malecki et al 116). There are many different types of bullying, physical, verbal, relational, cyber, and sexual (Levine and Tamburrino 272). No matter what kind, bullying is becoming an extremely hazardous problem that many individuals struggle with. Physical bullying has become the most harmful form of bullying. It can scar the…

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