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Over 45% of Taiwanese students have been bullied: study

Over 45% of Taiwanese students have been bullied: study

Taipei, Jan. 6 (CNA) Nearly half of Taiwanese college students in a survey released Tuesday said they have been victims of bullying, according to a study by National Taiwan University. As many as 45.7 percent of respondents said they had been subjected to physical, verbal, relational and/or cyber bullying. The most common among respondents was verbal bullying (33.9 percent) such as mocking, followed by relational bullying (23.4 percent) such as being ostracized, then physical bullying (11.7 percent), with cyber bullying (7.2 percent) in last place. The study on the impacts of schoolyard bullying on health was conducted by Huang Jiun-hau, an associate professor of the university's college of public health, his assistant Chen Yu-ying, and other researchers, and it was published in the current issue of Pediatrics, a journal published by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Students who have been subjected to verbal and relational bullying are more likely to suffer from depression, the study showed. On the other hand, some of the respondents who have been subjected to cyber bullying ended up living an even healthier life in college. "It does not mean being bullied on the Internet is a good thing," said Huang. "The study, instead, showed that those who have been bullied online may reduce the time they spend online to protect themselves and engage in outdoor activities, which helps improve their quality of life as a result," Huang said. The study was conducted on 1,452 college students in Taiwan in 2013 using the World Health Organization Quality of Life questionnaire. (By Chen Ching-fang and Scully Hsiao)


Updated : 2021-09-27 02:50 GMT+08:00