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Girls and Bullying

Bullying is pervasive in our schools. Research shows that boys are more likely to bully and to be bullied, but girl students are also victims of bullying—and sometimes they are the bullies. The consequences of bullying are serious for both boys and girls. Students who are subjected to relentless bullying fall behind in their studies, miss school more frequently, are more likely to drop out—and in the worst cases, commit suicide. Drawing on the current research, this Focus on Women publication summarizes what we know about the bullying of girls and suggests steps educators can take both to help the individual girl who is bullied and stop bullying school-wide.

Read more in Focus on Women: The Girl with the Sweet Smile (February 2011) (300 KB, 2pp)


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