Study: Children with disabilities more likely to respond aggressively when bullied
Children with disabilities — particularly those with learning disabilities, emotional disabilities and autism spectrum disorders — often are victims of bullying. However, very little research exists about how children with disabilities respond when they are bullied. A new study from the University of Missouri has found that children with disabilities are more likely to respond aggressively when they are bullied, not only to their bullies but to other children as well. Chad Rose, a bullying expert and an assistant professor of special education in the MU College of Education, says this aggressive response often results in these children being labelled as bullies themselves, when that is not an accurate assessment of their behavior.
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