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Sibling bullying is associated with anxiety, depression and self-harm
  1. Louise Arseneault
  1. King's College London, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, SGDP Centre, London, UK;

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ABSTRACT FROM: Bowes L, Wolke D, Joinson C, et al. Sibling bullying and risk of depression, anxiety, and self-harm: a prospective cohort study. Pediatrics 2014;134:e1032–9.

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In the early 1970s, Dan Olweus studied violent behaviour between pupils with an imbalance of power whereby it was difficult for the victims to defend themselves. He reported that children who experienced bullying from their peers at school had an increased risk for developing symptoms of mental health problems.1 Unfortunately, bullying is still considered by many as an inevitable part of growing up. Today bullying goes beyond schools walls and has infiltrated what should be a safe haven for all children: the home. Children do not find respite from bullying after the school hours as this form of victimisation now reaches them everywhere via social media, their mobile phones and the internet.2 Bullying can also take place at home between siblings. …

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