The Effects Of Bullying On Adolescent Suicide

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Bullied to Death
Adolescent bullying has been a common problem throughout the span of communication between adolescents. In recent years technology has given many a new outlet to abuse and berate others anonymously. This has led to a rise in the amount of time and ways a teenager can be bullied. Bullying on both a cyber and physical front that has directed to many teenagers to alcohol abuse, violence, and suicide. Brett Litwiller wrote an interesting journal regarding the effects of bullying on adolescents and its relationship to suicide called “Cyber Bullying and Physical Bullying in Adolescent Suicide: The Role of Violent Behavior and Substance Use”. Within his journal he discusses the different effects bullying has on students and how it
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With the rise of technology and social media each individual has the opportunity to anonymously say anything they want to any other person they may or may not know. Adolescents also have the misfortune of being submit to additional abuse from their peers. Being at the apex of growth and development there are far more weaknesses that can be exploited in a young person’s life than many will have later on. Youths are also much more susceptible to criticisms than an adult making it far easier to bully them in the real world as well. This can lead to many teenagers turning to drugs, alcohol, violence or suicide as an alternative to expressing themselves in a healthier fashion. Litwiller in his article made an important point: “In contrast to physical bullying, cyber bullying has been found to be more difficult to avoid” (681). In the past many teenagers were able to escape their bullies once they were able to physically be removed from the situation. Today, it is significantly harder to do …show more content…
This possibility that substance use could help adolescents become more capable of performing suicidal behavior draws support from previous research that shows adolescent substance use to be one of the more frequently identified predictors of suicidal behavior for adolescents (e.g., Bolognini et al. 2003; Spirito et al. 2003).

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