Nearly half of adolescents with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have been the victims of bullying, researchers report.
In nationally representative surveys, adolescents with ASD were about four times more likely to be victimized than other adolescents, but no more likely to be bullies or to be both bullied and bullying, according to Paul Sterzing, PhD, of the University of California Berkeley, and colleagues. It's estimated that 10.6% of the general teen population falls victim to bullying.
On the other hand, they were significantly less likely to be victims than adolescents with mental retardation and had roughly the same risk as those with learning disabilities or speech impairments, Sterzing and colleagues reported online in Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.
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