Is Bullying Worse than Child Abuse?

A recent study published in The Lancet suggests that the long term effects of bullying are worse than those of child abuse. The study (Lereyan et al, 2015) was conducted using data mined from two longitudinal studies of children and families, one in England and one in the US. It concluded that children who were bullied by peers showed an increased risk for mental health problems over those who were abused by their parents. The highest risk was to those who were both abused and bullied.

At first glance the study appears to be well-designed and executed. But it doesn’t take much digging to find the problems under the surface.


Random Thoughts v1.10: Kissing Frogs

There may be more to the idea of princesses kissing frogs to discover their Prince than meets the eye. Perhaps even more than Disney has imagined.

This entry is part 11 of 11 in the series Random Thoughts

Random thoughts v1.9: Investigative Reporting, Now an Oxymoron

Investigative reporting didn’t begin with Woodward and Bernstein, but Woodward and Bernstein made it sexy. Their reporting of the Watergate scandal brought down a president and nearly destroyed the Republican Party. While their investigative reporting was extremely well-done and professional and deserved all the awards and accolades it garnered, much of what has followed shouldn’t even be referenced in the same breath.

This entry is part 10 of 11 in the series Random Thoughts