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Bullying Can Affect Childrens Long-Term Health says Staten Island Pediatrician

New York, NY (PRWEB) February 24, 2014

Dr. Michael Gabriel of Gabriel Pediatrics, a Staten Island pediatric care center, responds to an article published on February 17 by Medical News Today, which discusses the harmful health effects that can stem from childhood bullying.

According to the February 17 article published by Medical News Today titled “Bullying affects children’s long-term health, study shows,” researchers have found that bullied children can experience “severe and lasting” health implications.

A recent study reported in Pediatrics, led by Laura Bogart from Boston Children’s Division of General Pediatrics, followed and interviewed 4,000 children and adolescents, from fifth to 10th grade, about their mental and physical health and about any bullying they experiences.

The study found that bullying was definitely linked with worse mental and physical health, depressive symptoms and lower senses of self-worth. Children who reported extensive chronic bullying experienced additional difficulties with physical activities.

Dr. Michael Gabriel of Gabriel Pediatrics, Staten Island pediatric care center, affirms the study’s findings and believes early interventions are necessary to impede the downward healthy trajectory victims may experience. “Long-term bullying definitely has a severe impact on a child’s overall health,” he says. “More bullying intervention is needed because the sooner we can keep a child from being bullied, the less of a chance the bullying will have a damaging effect on their future health.”

Gabriel Pediatrics provides comprehensive pediatric care to children throughout the New York area with practices both in Brooklyn and Staten Island. Our board certified pediatricians and experienced staff help provide a very warm and nurturing environment for both you and your children. Our approach combines the latest treatment methods with the personal attention you should expect from your doctor. Simply put, we understand the importance of communication and trust and we are earning that trust one family at a time.


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