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Int J Adolesc Med Health. 2008 Apr-Jun;20(2):185-99.

Prevention of public health risks linked to bullying: a need for a whole community approach.

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Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Children's National Medical Center, Washington, DC, United States.


Bullying is a very toxic psychosocial stressor associated with serious health problems and death, affecting both the victims and the bullies. This form of abuse or maltreatment occurs around the world and along the lifespan. Health professionals have the unique responsibility of promoting the development of community initiatives for the prevention of bullying and related health problems. This effort must include ongoing programs with elements of primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention. These programs should be supported and monitored by a public health policy with a strategy aimed at developing a whole community awareness about bullying and the related health risks, prohibiting bullying, and developing emotionally and physically safe environments in schools and workplace settings. Public health policy should mandate the monitoring, detection, and reporting of bullying incidents; provide guidance for school intervention; and offer guidelines for medical consultation.

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