Implicatoins of youth bulling on mental health

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Judith A. Vessey
Amanda Lulloff
Luz Hernandez Meneses
Tania D. Strout
Rachel L. DiFazio


Youth bullying is an international phenomenon that has similar mental health implications in different populations globally. The purpose of this literature review is to describe bullying and its impact on youths’ mental health, examines the state of science on bullying interventions, and describes implications for nursing for addressing this problem. Methodology: Four international databases were searched for all English and Spanish language articles including youth bullying and mental health effects. Articles chosen for review included meta-analyses, and systematic and integrated reviews which focused on youth bullying and mental health. Discussion/Conclusions: Findings indicated that youths who differed from their peers in some way are at high risk of being a victim of bullying. Victims of bullying can display externalizing behaviors such as aggression, but more commonly display internalizing behavior such as withdrawal, and increasing suicidality. Nurses, in schools or other community settings, as well as primary and acute care are well positioned to help identify victims of bullying and to intervene, potentially reducing or eliminating the long term negative mental health effects of bullying. Future research should focus on groups likely to be bullied but not yet extensively studied, like lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transgender youth and those with autism spectrum disorders. More effective interventions are needed to decrease the prevalence of bullying and reduce the effect of bullying on victims. 


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A. Vessey, J., Lulloff, A., Hernandez Meneses, L., D. Strout, T., & DiFazio, R. L. (2016). Implicatoins of youth bulling on mental health. Horizonte De Enfermería, 27(1), 9–23. Recuperado a partir de
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Judith A. Vessey, William F. Connell School of Nursing Boston College

PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN Boston College, William F. Connell School of Nursing Boston College

Amanda Lulloff, William F. Connell School of Nursing Boston College

MSN, PhDC,  RN Boston College, William F. Connell School of Nursing

Luz Hernandez Meneses, International Welfare Boston College

MA in Demography, MA in International Law, Doctoral Student in International Welfare Boston College, School of Social Work.

Tania D. Strout, Tufts University School of Medicine

PhD, RN, MS Maine Medical Center, Department of Emergency Medicine Tufts University School of Medicine.

Rachel L. DiFazio, Boston Children Hospital

PhD, RN, FAAN, Department of Orthopedics, Boston Children's Hospital.