Why Providers Should Screen Youth for Cyberbullying

A systematic review of data on 150,000 young people in 30 countries over a 21-year period indicates that involvement in cyberbullying significantly raises the risk of suicide. Victims of cyberbullying were found to be more than twice as likely to self-harm or attempt suicide, and male perpetrators of cyberbullying were also at increased risk of depression and suicidal ideation. RHY providers should consider routinely screening youth for cyberbullying involvement; assessing youth who disclose cyberbullying experiences for mental health problems; and finding nonjudgmental ways to address the needs of perpetrators as well as victims.

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