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Do Bullied Kids Blame Docs for Lack of Counseling?

WASHINGTON — Healthcare providers were listed as a main barrier to mental health services by bullied youths, according to researchers here.

Among 440 middle and high school students in Cumberland County, N.C., who took part in focus groups, 29% indicated they had experienced prior bullying, and among cited barriers to seeking help, healthcare providers received a high ranking because of a failure to offer adequate screening or counseling, reported Amira El-Sherif, MD, a pediatrician in private practice in Fayetteville, N.C., and colleagues.

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