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Bullied kids suffer academically, too, study says

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Nearly a quarter of children participating in the study experienced chronic bullying

The longer kids stay in school, the less likely it is that they will be victimized

CNN —  

Bullying isn’t just about physical violence or emotional pain – it can impact kids’ educations, too.

Kids bullied their entire school career have declining test scores, a growing dislike of school and failing confidence in their abilities, say the authors of a study published Monday in the Journal of Educational Psychology.

Researchers tracked several hundred children in the United States from kindergarten through 12th grade, and found nearly a quarter experienced chronic bullying through their school years.

“The good news is that it goes down. The longer kids stay in school, the less likely it is that they will be victimized,” said Gary W. Ladd, professor of psychology at Arizona State University, who led the study.