Bullying

Definition: Percent of youths in grades 6, 8, 10 and 12 who reported that they were bullied at least once or twice a month at school during the school year.

Importance
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines bullying as any unwanted aggressive behavior(s) by another youth or group of youths who are not siblings or current dating partners that involves an observed or perceived power imbalance, and is repeated multiple times or is highly likely to be repeated. Bullying may inflict harm or distress on the targeted youth including physical, psychological, social, or educational harm.

Where We Are
In 2014, 19.6% of youth in Douglas County reported being bullied at school at least once or twice a month at school. The percent in Douglas County was lower than the State of Kansas.

Health Disparities
Among youth in Douglas County and State of Kansas, 2014: Other than eighth grade, incidents of bullying were lower, by grade, in Douglas County than the State of Kansas.

Healthy People 2020 Goal
Decrease the percent of students in grades 9 through12 who were bullied on school property to 17.9%.

Additional Information
Bullying can result in physical injury, social and emotional distress, and even death. Victimized youth are at increased risk for depression, anxiety, sleep difficulties and poor school adjustment. Youth who bully others are at increased risk for substance use, academic problems and violence later in adolescence and adulthood.
Bullying-New Trend Analysis
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