Fight Responses Triggered By Bullying

Special Needs Planning

School-aged youths with disabilities are more likely than others to respond to bullying with aggressive behaviors, which causes them to attack not only those who victimized them, but also uninvolved bystanders.

A study led by Chad Rose at the University of Missouri asserts that “students with disabilities often lack age-appropriate social and communication skills, they may act out aggressively as a response to being bullied.”

The study was conducted with a sample of 1,183 adolescents with disabilities. It concludes that schools should address the bullying of children with disabilities by incorporating “targeted interventions that address skill development, social and emotional learning and emotion regulation…”

The study is published in the journal Remedial and Special Education.

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