Bullied children more likely to self-harm

The risk for self-harm was much higher among children with behavioural or emotional difficulties and those from troubled families.

According to the study's findings, about half of 12-year-olds who subjected themselves to deliberate injury had been frequently picked on.

The study authors have called for more effective programs to prevent bullying in schools, suggesting efforts should focus on improving the ways in which children cope with emotional distress.

"Bullying by peers is a major problem during the early school years," they said.

"This study found that before 12 years of age a small