How a child becomes a bully

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How a child becomes a bully

Children learn to be bullies and the first place you learn to be a bully is at home. Children who are consistently bullying other children, stepping on other children's rights and treating them in a disrespectful manner, that's the definition of a bully. It has to be every time. And kids who become bullies watch parents who are bullies. They are the recipient of bullying at home, of being treated in a disrespectful manner, unpolite, aggressive actions towards them and when you're treated that way and you observe it every day, that's how you learn to treat other people. If you don't want your child to be a bully, you don't get to be a bully with them.

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Dr. Rotheram-Borus has spent the past 20 years developing, evaluating, and disseminating evidence-based interventions for children and families. She has worked extensively with adolescents, especially those at risk for substance abuse, HIV, homelessness, depression, suicide, and long-term unemployment. Dr. Rotheram-Borus has directed and implemented several landmark intervention studies that have demonstrated the benefits of providing behavior change programs and support to families in risky situations. Several of these programs have received national and international recognition, including designation as model programs by the American Psychological Association, the American Medical Association, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Currently, Dr. Rotheram-Borus has ongoing projects in Uganda, China, and South Africa, as well as the United States. Dr. Rotheram-Borus has authored or co-authored more than 200 journal articles, including publications in Science, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and the American Journal of Public Health. She has received more than 40 grants from the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute on Drug Abuse to design prevention programs for children and families at high risk for HIV, mental health problems, suicide, and substance abuse. In 2001, Science identified her as number two of the top-funded NIH multi-grant recipients; she was the only woman in the top ten.

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