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Dr. Madelyn Gould Weighs in on Bullying Study: HealthDay

Teen Bullies, Victims Armed More Than Other Kids, Study Says
June 10, 2014

Teenage bullies and their victims are more likely to carry weapons than kids not involved in these abusive relationships, according to a new research review...

But Madelyn Gould, deputy director of research training in child psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City, said the study has shortcomings.

"Although we have to be concerned about bullying, this study doesn't provide reliable evidence that if someone has been identified as a bully or bully-victim they have to be assessed to see if they are carrying weapons," Gould said.


"The vast majority of young people are not carrying weapons," she added. "To assume that they are, based on this study, could lead to consequences we didn't want. You don't want to create more of a stigma that all of these kids are going to be a danger to the larger community."

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