By Dr. Brian McDonough

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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) –Studies have shown that the psychological impact of bullying can be a lifelong issue for not just the victims, but the bullies themselves.

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But there is good news.

According to a report in the Journal Pediatrics based on research in Maryland over the past 10 years the prevalence of bullying and related behaviors declined significantly.

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About 250,000 students were part of the study.

Bullying among the surveyed students decreased from 28 percent to about thirteen percent with fewer students reporting witnessing bullying.

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Despite these positive trends, we should not reduce our focus on bullying, as a large proportion of students are still victims or witnesses to bullying according to researchers from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia tackling bullying remains a priority for efforts to improve child well-being.