KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Popular teens are more likely to get bullied than teens considered loners, according to a study released Tuesday.
The study published in the April edition of "American Societal Review" found popular students are as much as 25 percent more likely to be a target for gossip, harassment and even physical attacks by other teens than their less popular peers.
The study also found the more popular the victim, the more depression, anxiety and anger the teen experiences when bullied.
The authors surveyed 4,200 eighth, ninth and 10th grade students at 19 public schools in North Carolina. What they found was bullies are motivated to gain social status and power over their peers and bullying impacts a wider range of students than previously thought.
The authors of the study hope the findings help teachers and parents look out for bullying in school groups and step in to help.
Most of the bullying is done online through social media, according to the study.
You can read more about the study here.