Doc: How to help patients with bullying, dating violence


By Jeffrey Bendix
Contemporary Pediatrics
Continuing societal concern about the impact of violence on children and adolescents, as well as new research on ways to reduce it, has led the American Academy of Pediatrics to update its decade-old policy statement on the role of the pediatrician in preventing youth violence.

The updated statement is scheduled to appear in the July issue of “Pediatrics.” It is also available on the web at http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/papbyrecent.dtl.

The 2009 document builds on the original by incorporating “Connected Kids: Safe, Strong, Secure,” a program the academy developed several years ago to give pediatricians tools and messages they can use in their practices for preventing violence. It also includes new research on the prevalence of bullying and dating violence and their impact on children and adolescents.

Robert Sege, MD, PhD, chief of ambulatory pediatrics at the Boston Medical Center and one of the lead authors of the updated statement, explains that much of the research in it was just emerging when the original statement was published in 1999. Full story.

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