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Teen victimization: prevalence and consequences of traditional and cyberbullying

Pham, Tammy; Adesman, Andrew

doi: 10.1097/MOP.0000000000000290
OFFICE PEDIATRICS: Edited by Henry H. Bernstein

Purpose of review In recent years, there has been increased recognition that the experiences of youth who have endured bullying cannot be ignored or dismissed as harmless acts by ‘kids being kids’. The present article reviews several key risks and consequences of bullying for adolescent victims.

Recent findings Bullying victimization has been linked with a number of adverse health and social outcomes, including mental health issues, weapon-carrying, substance abuse, academic problems, and other adverse consequences – some of which may persist into adulthood. Recent findings on cyberbullying, in particular, highlight the real-life consequences of virtual victimization.

Summary Pediatricians play a critical role in identifying and supporting victims of bullying and counseling parents about surveillance and intervention strategies.

Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York, New Hyde Park, NY, USA

Correspondence to Andrew Adesman, MD, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 1983 Marcus Avenue, Suite 130, Lake Success, NY 11042, USA. Tel: +1 516 802 6100; fax: +1 516 616 5801; e-mail:

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