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Bullying hits academic achievement of boys

Mon 17 July 17

Bullying among young students in Australian primary schools is having damaging effects on their academic performance, according to new research from the Murdoch Children’s Institute. The institute’s latest research has found one third of boys aged 8-9 years are experiencing bullying on a weekly basis at school. In comparison, one quarter of girls the same age are also victims of frequent bullying. Researchers used unique methods in their research, looking at child-reported bullying and using NAPLAN results as markers for academic achievement. MCRI’s Dr Lisa Mundy said bullying was most common during primary school as children entered the “juvenile phase of development” prior to puberty. “This is the stage where peers become more important to kids and they start to Click here to continue reading.

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