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Friday, June 4, 1999 Published at 02:04 GMT 03:04 UK


Bullies target stammerers, says study

Bullying can lead to low self-esteem in adult life

Most children who stammer are bullied at school, according to a study.

It suggests that 83% of stammerers have experienced bullying, with more than 70% of this group saying it occurred at least once a week.

In half of all such cases, parents and teachers were said to be unaware of what was going on.

And nearly a third of those who were bullied as children because of stammering reported that the bullying had had lasting effects, such as low self-esteem.

The report, published in the British Journal of Educational Psychology, also says that children who stammer find it difficult to make friends.

It was written by Dr Siobahn Hugh-Jones of Leeds University and Professor Peter Smith of Goldsmiths' College, London.

Their findings were based on answers to questions provided by 276 adult stammerers.

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