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Bullying & Pediatric ED Visits

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Among patients aged 8 to 19 presenting to the ED with behavioral symptoms, the prevalence of bullying appears to be substantial. A team of New York investigators found that 24.0% of patients with behavioral issues reported bullying, with boys reporting such issues more often than girls. Among those in the bullied group, 77.6% had a prior psychiatric diagnosis.

Abstract: Journal of Emergency Medicine, March 2013.

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