Study Shows Bullied Students Display Lower Academic Achievement


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Dr. Mark Cartwright serves as a psychologist at Cartwright Clinical Services in Dallas, Texas. Alongside his day-to-day clinical work, Dr. Mark Cartwright of Dallas networks with colleagues and keeps up with current best practices through membership in the American Psychological Association.

The American Psychological Association published a study in its Journal of Educational Psychology showing that nearly a quarter of elementary school students experience bullying in some fashion, and that it has a negative impact on their academic performance. Arizona State University researcher Gary Ladd, Ph.D., studied a total of 383 kindergarten students, tracking their progress throughout each student’s K-12 education.

In his research, he found that 24 percent of students reporting experienced bullying and that they exhibited poorer academic achievement, less affinity for schooling, and an overall lack of confidence in their ability to learn. He also found that as the incidence of bullying decreased in a child’s life, his or her academic ability showed improvement.

Ladd concluded that schools should invest heavily in anti-bullying curriculum. He also encouraged parents to be actively involved in the lives of their children and ask them if they are experiencing bullying.


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