What are the signs of a “bully-victim"?
It is not uncommon for a child to have bullied and also been the victim of bullying. These are known as bully-victims. Bully-victims often experience behavioral and emotional difficulties.
- Bully-victims struggle to control their emotions.
- May unintentionally prompt children to bully them again by reacting very emotionally to teasing.
- May have problems controlling feelings of anger and frustration, predisposing them to retaliatory aggression.
- Show social and emotional problems that are frequently present in victims of bullying, such as anxiety, depression, peer rejection, and a lack of close friendships.
- Greater acceptance of rule-breaking behavior and hyperactivity.
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