Food-allergic children. From Pediatrics:
Bullying is common in food-allergic children. It is associated with lower QoL [quality of life] and distress in children and their parents. Half of the bullying cases remain unknown to parents. When parents are aware of the bullying, the child’s QoL is better. It is important to proactively identify and address cases in this population.
This study also confirms what we already know about bullying:
• It causes a great deal of distress in children who are bullied, including anxiety and depression.
• A child’s quality of life is negatively impacted when bullied — self-esteem takes a big hit.
• Parents often are not aware that their children are being bullied (only 52.1% of parents in this study knew).
• When parents become aware of bullying, their child’s quality of life is better.
I wonder just how many parents are aware when their child is the bully. Those children — the ones who bully — are the kids who have profound problems that need to be addressed sooner rather than later. Bullying is not a normal or acceptable phase of child development. The bully is the outlier, the red flag, the most-likely-to-be incarcerated. The bully completely reflects the values (or lack of values) he or she grows up with in the home. The bully is a mean person, and like the bumper sticker says, mean people suck.
Read abstract in Pediatrics here.