Effects Of Bullying On Teenagers

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What is the effect of bullying on the mental health of teenagers?

Bullying is commonly thought of as a physical act of violence, but there is more to bullying than physical pain because mental health is just as important. As technology advances so does the way teenagers communicate. More and more teenagers use social media, and with this comes an increase in danger. One of the greatest dangers teenagers face is cyberbullying. The American Osteopathic Association states that common symptoms among those bullied include “anxiety, depression, loneliness, unhappiness, and poor sleep.” They also argue that “parents must be actively involved in their children’s cyber lives” (Cyber-Bullying). Staying involved means monitoring their activities, and
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Bullying comes in many different forms, and sometimes they are obvious but other times they are hard to identify. Sometimes a funny joke to one person might be considered bullying to another person. A survey was given to a group of teenagers about bullying that occurred in their lives within the past 2 months. The results showed that 20.8% felt they were physically bullied, 53.6% verbally, 51.4% socially, and 13.6% electronically (Chang). This data shows teens can be affected by bullying in many different forms. We also learn from this data that the amount of teens being bullied is very high, yet we only hear about a few. One the most terrifying facts that this research has shown is that the teens are at a higher risk for obtaining psychosomatic symptoms (Chang). These symptoms are aggravated by internal conflicts or stress. Psychosomatic symptoms have a high potential for being harmful for development. Those that have shown to have these symptoms have had a more positive correlation to bullying and suicidal thoughts then those who do not show these symptoms. So with over half the students reporting to have been bullied, the chances a teen that might act normal around friends, experiences psychosomatic is …show more content…
Aggression, as defined by Evilina Landstedt, is an intentional act of violence towards another person with the goal of inflicting them pain. Aggression can be in the form of verbal or physical. Verbal aggression, for example, can be when you call another person names or make fun of what they do and where. On the other hand, physical aggression is physically hurting another person by punching or kicking the victim. Both of these types of aggression are well known forms of bullying and have a strong impact on the mental health of the victim. Some of the common effects have to deal with the degradation of self-esteem, which causes these teens to be social

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