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♦ “Bullying Among Middle School and High School Students-Massachusetts, 2009.” MMWR. 2011; 60:465-471, www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6015a1.htm.
Multiple studies have documented associations between bullying and substance abuse, poor academic achievement and mental health problems (anxiety and depression).
A limited number of studies suggest that family violence also is associated with bullying. The Massachusetts Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) analyzed data from the 2009 Massachusetts Youth Health Survey, an anonymous survey conducted every two years among approximately 6,000 students from public middle and high schools. These data assessed possible associations between witnessing or experiencing family violence and being...