Bullying targets autism, report says

A report released Monday says that the bullying of autism-spectrum students is a “profound public health problem.”

The study was conducted by Paul R. Sterzing, assistant professor at the school of social welfare at the University of California-Berkeley.

Sterzing said that students diagnosed with Attention Deficit, Hyperactivity Disorder were also singled out for bullying.

The report was released in Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine. It said that the students most likely to be targeted are those who are in mainstream classes but whose behaviors make them stand out to other children.

The New York Times Health & Science report on the study

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  1. Its obvious the autistic people are more often the victim of bullying. The autistic people tend to live in their own kind of world and thoughts and that is something not really compatible with the more simple-minded group mentality.

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