Exercise is associated with protecting bullied youth from suicide.
Kids who are bullied experience an adverse impact on their behavior, educational pursuits, and risk for depression. Research has found that increased exercise is associated with decreased frequency of sadness, suicidal thoughts or attempts. Among bullied adolescents, those who exercised 4 or more times per week had a 23% lower chance of suicide or thoughts of it.
PositiveTip: Encourage your schools to provide well-organized exercise programs to improved the mental health of students.
Half of 12 year old children who self-harmed were exposed to bullying.
Bullying by peers is a growing problem on both sides of the Atlantic, with 25% of children in Britain reporting being victimized. Researchers have found that exposure to bullying in childhood increases by more than threefold the likelihood that a child or adolescent will attempt non-suicidal self-harm. Victimized twins were found to have a higher risk than their non-victimized sibling.
PositiveTip: Schools and parents must do all they can to eliminate peer bullying and victimization.
Research in the field of youth development points us toward important issues that we should address if we want to help protect our youth from many of the risks they will face. Here is a report from the textbook, Adolescent Health:
As part of a 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development — a longitudinal study of adolescent development supported by the National 4-H Council — researchers objectively assessed the following four important assets present in the homes, schools, and communities of youth: