Students that experience bullying often have psychological effects in consequence to the issue. Student that are bullied in schools, particularly black and Latino students, suffer academically a new study shows.
Student who reported that they were bullied in the 10th grade experienced a slight decrease in their GPA by 12th grade. However, black and Latino students that achieve well in school experienced a more significant drop.
Overall GPA decrease for bullied students used in the study experienced a loss of 0.049 points, black students saw a 0.3 point-decrease in the 12th grade GPA from a 3.5 GPA in 9th grade before bullying occurred. Latino students didn’t fare any better, seeing a 0.5 decrease in the same GPA value from freshman year. White students only lost 0.03 points.
“Stereotypes about black and Latino youth suggest that they perform poorly in school,” said study co-author Lisa M. Williams in a statement . “High achieving black and Latinos who do not conform to these stereotypes may be especially vulnerable to the effect bullying has on grades.”
The study was created from national bullying data and 9,590 surveyed students from 580 schools. Results will be presented today at the American Sociological Association’s annual meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada.