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Friday, June 10, 2022


In The Politics of Autism, I discuss challenges facing autistic adults and children One is bullying.

Evelina Käld and colleagues have a research letter at JAMA Pediatrics titled "Exploring Potential Modifiers of the Association Between Neurodevelopmental Disorders and Risk of Bullying Exposure."

Children with a diagnosis of a neurodevelopmental disorder (NDD) are more likely to be bullied than their neurotypical peers. This exposure to bullying may predispose children to subsequent emotional1 and behavioral disturbances.2 Individual attributes that can modify the association between NDD diagnosis and bullying exposure may shed some light on targeted prevention programs. However, the roles of sociodemographic factors in bullying exposure remain inconsistent across different populations.3 Furthermore, little is known if these risk factors interact with the diagnosis of NDD to affect the risk of bullying exposure. The goal of this study is to understand which factors may modify the association between NDDs and the risk of being bullied ,,, The 2 NDDs that had the largest association with bullying exposure were ASD and ADHD.