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Study: Bullying More Prevalent Among Children with ADHD

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April 10, 2022Nearly half of children with ADHD are victims of bullying and 16% have bullied other children — more than double the amount of bullying experienced by neurotypical peers — according to a new study in the Journal of Attention Disorders.1Using data from the 2016-2017 National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH), researchers identified predictors of parent-reported bullying victimization (BV) or bullying perpetration (BP) in children with ADHD aged 6-17.

In the survey, parents considered the phrases “This child is bullied, picked on, or excluded by other children” and “This child bullies others, picks on them, or excludes them” and rated each one “Definitely true,” “Somewhat true,” or “Not true” to indicate BV or BP.Children who had difficulty making or keeping friends were at high risk of being bullied, the survey data suggested.

Other factors associated with victimization included family financial strain, developmental delay or intellectual disability, friendship difficulties, and the frequency of school contact with the family.1Boys were more likely than girls, and younger children were more likely than older children, to perpetrate bullying.

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