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Family Dinners Protect Bullied Teens

By Miriam E. Tucker , , ,
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Teens who are bullied online often have problems in other aspects of their lives, but a study suggests family support at dinnertime can help them cope. In a survey, 19 percent of 18,834 teens ages 12 to 18 reported having been cyberbullied at least once in the past year. Victims of frequent cyberbullying were more likely than their peers to have emotional problems such as depression, anxiety, or suicidal thoughts; to engage in fights or destroy property; and to abuse alcohol or drugs. Among bullied teens, those problems were less common for kids who ate family dinners at least four times a week than for those who never ate with their family.
Source: JAMA Pediatrics, published online Sept. 1, 2014



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