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The American Academy of Pediatricians has decided to take a more active role against bullying and dating violence by educating in the doctor’s office.  They hope to be able to prevent these types of violence by promoting the role of respect and commarderie in friendship and romantic relationships.  I appreciate the effort that the academy is making, but I am unsure how effective it will really be.  I think that the most effective way to change a group’s behaviors, specifically for bullying are consequences that are linked to the behaviors and utilizing peer leadership potential.  If school’s had the time and money to implement those sort of programs, I wonder what effect that would have on bullying rates.  I think that using pediatrician intervention for dating violence will be more effective in being sure that victims of crimes get the help they need, but I am unsure about prevention.  I typically think of the pediatrician as being someone that the average kid would see maybe 2, 3 times a year and I doubt that effectiveness of trying to change behaviors when you see someone so rarely.

American Psychological Association (2009, June 11). Pediatricians Take on Bullying, Dating Violence. PsychPort. Retrieved June 13, 2009, from http://www.psycport.com/showArticle.cfm?xmlFile=apdigital_2009_06_11_ap.online.regional.us_D98OOQ4O0_news_ap_org.anpa.xml&provider=

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A recent study put out by Binghamton University found that there seems to be correlations between being a victim of peer victimization and sexual activity.  Males who are bullied in adolescence seem to have less sex and females who are bullied seem to have more sex.  Researchers think that it may be related to an evolutionary desire to eliminate sexual competitors.  Males who are bullied don’t end up having as much sex because females end up finding them less attractive.  Bullied females end up having more sex possibly as a function of lower self esteem and greater suscebility to coercion.  Additionally, the females being bullied may be bullied because they are more attractive, thus more attractive to male peers. (It should be noted that this study did not examine levels of attractiveness.)

I wonder how this would have been different if the study looked at peer victimization among homosexual adolescents.  Additionally, I wonder how it would have been different if it had examined levels of attractiveness.

Binghamton University (2009, February 25). Peer Victimization In Middle And High School Predicts Sexual Behavior Among Adolescents. ScienceDaily. Retrieved March 21, 2009, from http://www.sciencedaily.com­ /releases/2009/02/090217104431.htm

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