http://www.medscape.org/viewarticle/532599 (if the link above does not work, type the link into your browser)
“Bullying and Violence
Youth violence in the United States has been documented as a public health epidemic.  Violence manifests itself in many ways — homicides, suicides, gang fights, and date rape. It crosses all social classes and geographic boundaries. Although not all children directly experience overt violence, Judith A. Vessey, PhD, CRNP, MBA, FAAN, Lelia Holden Carroll Professor in Nursing, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, believes that many children do experience a more covert form of violence — bullying. Bullying among youth is a significant problem; . A study of 15,686 students in grades 6 through 10 in schools throughout the United States who completed the World Health Organization’s Health Behaviour in School-aged Children survey indicated that 29.9% reported moderate or frequent involvement in bullying, as a bully, one who was bullied, or both.”
Michelle A Beauchesne, DNSc, RN, CPNP
Associate Professor and Coordinator, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Specialization, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts; Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Developmental Disability Clinic, McLean Hospital, Belmont, Massachusetts; NAPNAP KySS Workgroup Member
Disclosure: Michelle A. Beauchesne, DNSc, RN, CPNP, has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.