Teen girls who consider themselves attractive at risk for bullying

May 22, 2008

A new study from the University of Alberta finds that young females who consider themselves attractive have a 35% greater chance of being bullied. The study's author assessed what types of high school students are being indirectly victimized through rumours, threats of physical violence, hurtful anonymous votes, and social exclusion. "[Indirect victimization] tends to be a more sophisticated type of aggression, and it's a better way to take someone down who might be more popular." The study's author says her findings could be used to raise awareness amongst parents, teachers and counsellors, and could help schools working on a variety of anti-bullying programs to include all students. uAlberta Express News