(Bulling in schools: self reported anxiety, depressions and self esteem in secondary school children)
Bullied children tend to be the younger pupils in secondary schools and are more anxious than their peers, whilst bullies themselves tend to be more depressed than other children. So say Dr Salmon and colleagues from the Warneford Hospital and the Institute of Health Sciences, Oxford in this week's BMJ.
In their study of 904 pupils aged 12-17 years, the authors report that bullying intervention strategies seem to be helping the situation but that they seem to be more successful among boys rather than girls. They conclude that these factors could be important for future intervention policies.
Dr Tony James, Consultant in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Highfield Adolescent Unit, Warneford Hospital, Oxford