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  • Reviewed by Robert Bogenberger, PhD

Bullying and mental health

Bullying is a form of aggressive behavior where one person, the bully, deliberately and repeatedly tries to harm or dominate another person, the victim. It’s considered a form of abuse.

There’s often a power imbalance involved in bullying. Bullies may use their size, strength, popularity, or other advantages to control or intimidate others. They may also spread hurtful rumors or gossip about their victims.

Research suggests that around 20% of US students ages 12 to 18 experience bullying, but schools aren’t the only place where it happens.1 Bullying can also take place online, in the workplace, or even at home. Click here to read more.


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