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To assess the association between family violence and other risk factors and being involved in or affected by bullying as a bully, victim, or bully-victim, researchers at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and CDC analyzed data from the 2009 Massachusetts Youth Health Survey. This study is the first state-specific data on a broad range of risk factors suspected to be associated with bullying among both middle and high school students.
Results indicate sizable prevalences of middle school (43.9%) and high school (30.5%) students involved in or affected by bullying. Among middle school students, 26.8% reported being victims of bullying, 7.5% acknowledged being bullies, and 9.6% reported being bully-victims. Among high school students, 15.6% reported being victims of bullying, 8.4% acknowledged being bullies, and 6.5% reported being bully-victims.
The Massachusetts Youth Health Survey is an anonymous, paper and pencil survey conducted every 2 years using a two-stage cluster sample design. In the …