Who Are More Often Bullied – Girls or Boys?


One important result of a recent study on bullying by gender revealed that not only are girls more often bullied than boys, but they are also more likely to consider or attempt suicide as well.

The research, conducted by an assistant professor at the Rutgers School of Nursing – Camden, examined data from a Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Youth Risk Behavior Survey from 2011-2015.

In the U.S., a child is bullied every 7 minutes. Incredibly, statistics show that only 4 out of 100 adults will intervene and only 11% of the child’s peers will act. For high schoolers, almost 15% of surveyed students said they were cyberbullied.

Bullying not only takes a large emotional, physical and psychological toll on its victims, but bullies and their victims are more likely to experience academic failure, poverty and job termination as well as alcohol and drug abuse.

Research Shows that Girls Are More Often Bullied than Boys

In general, the study found that girls are more often subjected to bullying than boys. Another result showed that girls are more likely than boys to consider, plan and attempt suicide – whether being bullied or not. However, boys are more likely to die by suicide than girls.

Other significant study findings include:

  • Bullying among boys often is physical, which many schools are addressing because of its visibility. These actions may stop and prevent physical bullying with boys.

  • Bullying among girls more often is relational rather than visible. Examples include spreading rumors and exclusion from social circles or activities. Because these are so concealed, they may continue for some time without being noticed.

  • School anti-bullying attempts should incorporate the differences in bullying by gender in order to better address bullied females.

  • Bullying prevention should be taught at a young age – even by parents for preschool children.

  • Pediatricians and nurse-practitioners must discuss the harmful effects of bullying with parents. Parents must learn to intervene early and so reduce the risk of adolescent suicide.

Read more about how New Jersey handles bullying in the online brochure Guidance for Parents on the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act.

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