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Western Countries With The Highest Adolescent Bullying Rates

Austria has the highest incidence rates of bullying cases, followed by Estonia and Russia.

Bullying is the use of force, abuse, dominance, or threat against another person, and it is one of the more common negative behaviors seen nowadays, especially among teenagers worldwide. The domination of others happens in the form of physical abuse, verbal harassment, and threat carried out towards a certain class of people. Some of the causes of bullying witnessed nowadays are the bullies belong to the dysfunctional family where parents have shown aggressive behavior, and these kids are often not in control and hot-headed, and sadly they do not have any empathy towards others, as the victims’ reactions even give them a boost to go further and do much more.

Reasons for Bullying in European Countries

The bullying rate is high amongst the teenagers from the North American and European Countries since some of the countries have extreme cases of human rights violation. A higher percentage of boys between the age group of 11 and 15 years have faced bullying in the form of threats, violence, abuses, etc. in the past 2 months in the year 2010. The rate of percentage in Austria is 21% being higher than other countries. In Estonia, it is 20, Russia has 18, Belgium, Portugal 17, countries like Canada, Switzerland and France have 15, and Luxembourg has 14% bullying rate.

The reports have suggested that most of the cases of bullying are found in the European country Austria as the teens are mostly bullied due to rude behavior from others, and even that most of the people do not report the cases of bullying they witness and endure. It is seen that one out of the group of five students are bullied and most of them are girls too in the Austrian nation as compared to the boys. The victims are reportedly thrown out of the social groups and are teased every now and then. On the other hand, Estonia stands fourth in bullying incidents in the school in the European continent. Victims between the age group of 11 and 15 years will often have been bullied for months before before they finally decide to speak on the matter, if ever at all. Even the powerful European nation of Russia is also not behind, as the bullying incidents are seen in both the primary schools and at the upper school levels among the teenagers. The reasons cited for this hostility among children could be the attitude of the nation against other nations, and such a culture is often inculcated from the national leaders themselves.

Effects and Measures Taken to Curb Bullying

There are many adverse effects of bullying which the child may face in their teens, and may even prove fatal for the child sometimes. The kids who are bullied face depression, changes in their attitude, health complaints, and a tendency for losing interest in their leisure and social activities. The adverse effects can also lead to suicide by the kid or they may drop out of a particular school. They also face life-long effects, as they grow up with a tendency to live alone, find it difficult to trust people, carry a desire for revenge, and are sensitive. There are many ways to curb the bullying incidents, such as the setting up of rules against the bullies' acts, teaching students to behave in a good manner, rewarding their positive behaviors, and looking into the symptoms of bullying among the children.

European/North American Countries With The Most Bullying Cases

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RankCountryBoys (age 11-15) who reported being bullied (2010)
1Austria21 %
2Estonia20 %
3Russia18 %
4Belgium17 %
5Portugal17 %
6Canada15 %
7Switzerland15 %
8France15 %
9Luxembourg14 %

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