Characteristics of bullying targets

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Characteristics of bullying targets

There are certain characteristics that do tend to stick out that make children bullied. But I do have to say one thing. There are no reasons that condone bullying, across the board. But there are things that make kids stand out. One, are ADHD like characteristics. So those kids that are constantly blurting out or fidgeting in class or tapping their pencils. Kids get very annoyed by that, so they start to make inappropriate comments to them. The second thing are kids that are socially inappropriate, or kind of awkward. They just don't know how to maybe eat. They don't know how to make comments that are hip or interesting. And then something else is those kids that are kind of passive, they're introverted, they stick to themselves. They may not really know how to join groups. So for those kids that stick out like sore thumbs, they oftentimes are the targets of bullying.

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Stephanie Mihalas, PhD, NCSP

Child Psychologist

Dr. Stephanie Mihalas is a licensed psychologist and a nationally certified school psychologist. Mihalas is the founder of The Center for Well-Being: Psychological Services for Children, Youth, and Families in Los Angeles, CA. Mihalas treats a wide variety of children and adolescents ranging as young as two through the later adolescent years utilizing evidenced-based interventions. Mihalas also provides school consultation. The primary focus of Mihalas' research background is in relational and physical aggression. She presents at national and state conferences and is published in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters. She also frequently engages in print and radio media ventures and has been in magazines such as Teen Vogue and Parents. Mihalas completed her postgraduate work at the Kennedy Krieger Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

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