Mean girls exist not only in high school, but also in nursing homes, a study found. Karl Pillemer of Cornell University published, recently, a study that showed aggressive behaviors among residents in nursing homes were common.

According to the study, one in five residents was involved in at least one “negative and aggressive encounter” with another resident during a four-week period. A substantial portion was cursed or yelled at, hit, kicked or bitten and even sexually harassed. A New York Times columnist Jennifer Weiner suggests, based on her own experience with her grandmother that such unexpected rate of violence in nursing homes might be caused by age differences among the residents.

See Mean Girls in the Retirement Home, Jennifer Weiner, New York Times.

Posted by Jin Keol Park, Associate Editor, Wealth Strategies Journal