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Vernberg and colleagues used questionnaires to survey students on aggression and victimization, asking them about abuse, which ranged from being kicked or grabbed in a mean way, to a child telling lies about a classmate.

Because children often under report their own aggression, they were asked to circle the names of classmateswho hit, kicked, punched others or spread mean rumors, among other things.

About 45 percent of trips to the school nurse were for somatic, or Nike Vapormax Images physical, complaints such as headaches. Another 13 percent of visits were for illnesses with physical symptoms, while 42 percent were for physical injuries with no indicated reasons, based on nursing log notes.

By John LeightyMONDAY, April 25 (HealthDay News) Elementary school children who were victims of peer bullying along with the bullies themselves made more frequent visits to a school nurse's office with complaints of physical illnesses and injuries than their other classmates, according to new research out Nike Vapormax White Womens

"If a child is frequently showing up at the nurse's office with a fever or vomiting and no obvious illness, it might reflect the visit is related to victimization and to some extent aggression," Vernberg said. He added that when a student often visits a school nurse and parents get calls about their child complaining of stomachaches, "it's certainly worth examining the child's relationship with [his] peers."

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The report is intended to prompt investigation into such cases by school nurses and others to see whether school officials need to intervene to stop bullying.

A second approach is to change the classroom culture by hanging banners with anti bullying messages, putting on skits and plays that explore aggressive interactions, and training teachers to look for signs of bullying and send a message that it's not acceptable, Jenson added.

"The focus doesn't have to be on bullying, per se, but on developing the necessary skills to help children in situations where bullying might arise," said Jenson, an endowed professor of children and youth at risk and associate dean of research at the University of Denver's Graduate School of Social Work.

of Kansas.

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to a nurse's office an average of 4.71 times during the 2000 01 school year.

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On average, boys scored higher than girls on peer reported aggression, while scores on being victims of bullies did not significantly differ by Nike Air Vapormax Flyknit Heritage Pack

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Jeffrey Jenson, chief investigator in a Youth Matters project that focused on aggression and substance use prevention at 28 elementary schools in Denver, said the Kansas study was a significant contribution to research on school bullying and discussed ways to stop it.

The research, published in the May issue of Pediatrics, revealed a useful strategy for detecting aggressive interactions among children that may otherwise go recognized, added Vernberg.

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The study found that aggressive interactions among children can hurt their health and do particular harm to the victimized child, who is likely to become socially withdrawn.

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"There are some successful outcomes from programs that work to reduce aggression and victimization in schools," he said.

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The Kansas study involved 590 children in grades 3 through 5, and identified a small but statistically significant number who were involved in bullying incidents in six Topeka primary schools. These students went Nike Vapormax Ice Blue


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