Research & Statistics

Teasing and bullying issues have been brought to the forefront by incidents like Columbine. What or who were the fundamental building blocks that brought these children to the point of taking the lives of others and themselves. Research shows that the problems for many of these children began in elementary school because of teasing and bullying!! Bullies then grow up and enter the workplace and continue to engage in the same behavior. Once they retire they may decide to reside in a 55+ residence or congregate living.

Studies have shown that the effects of teasing and bullying can be long term and sometimes life altering, and it is occurring at epidemic proportions! Teasing and bullying can lead to poor academic performance, poor peer relationships, poor self-esteem and negative role development. As a result of this epidemic, the The Different Like MeĀ© bullying prevention program provides practical hands-on lessons that have been proven to drastically reduce incidents of bullying.

  • An estimated 160,000 US students miss school each day due to fear of attack or intimidation from peers. (National Education Association, 1995)

  • Stresses of "victimization," can interfere with student's engagement and learning in schools. (NEA Today,1999)

  • Sixty-six percent of youth are teased at least once a month, and nearly one-third of youth are bullied at least once a month. (2002 National Survey of Students Grades 5-12, Families and Work Institute)

  • The survey of 2012 noted that about 50 percent of all workplace bullying goes unreported.

  • 35% of more than 3,800 workers surveyed claimed that they had been bullied at their workplaces. 16% said they suffered from health problems caused by this bullying. 17% said that, despite the terrible
    my, they were forced to quit because of bullying. ( 2012)

  • NBC News reported that the bullying statistics 2013 for senior citizens is on the rise in America, where one in ten seniors are verbally or physically abused and do not report it.

  • According to Robin Bonifas, PhD, MSW, an assistant professor in the School of Social Work at Arizona State University. 10% to 20% of residents or clients in older adult environments may be victims of bullying or relational aggression. It's tough to tease out precise numbers because these acts often go unreported. For that reason, it's an aspect of the older adult experience about which many social workers are unaware

The ability to establish awareness and understanding of the effects of teasing at any age is of paramount importance.

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