Psychological Toll Of Childhood Bullying Can Persist For Decades

by Rachel Baker on April 21, 2014

This article is about a study done in Britain where the authors examined midlife outcomes of childhood bullying victimization. It turns out that people who were bullied as kids had problems throughout their whole life.

Sadly, if we are completely honest we already knew this.  Now, how do we stop it?

A new study in the American Journal of Psychiatry finds what others had hinted at but not quite arrived at: That the effects of childhood bullying can last not only through adolescence and young adulthood, but also through middle age. Earlier studies had shown the negative psychological and social effects of bullying to be evident into a person’s 20s, but the new research tracked the psychological health and cognitive function of once-bullied kids till they were 50. And the effects of bullying – particularly of severe bullying – affected a person’s well-being in a great number of ways. All the more reason, the authors urge, to take bullying just as seriously as we would any other form of childhood abuse.

“Our study shows that the effects of bullying are still visible nearly four decades later,” said study author Ryu Takizawa of the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London. “The impact of bullying is persistent and pervasive, with health, social and economic consequences lasting well into adulthood.”

Read the whole article here:
http://www.forbes.com/sites/alicegwalton/2014/04/18/the-effects-of-childhood-bullying-can-last-a-lifetime/

and here’s the study:
http://ajp.psychiatryonline.org/data/Journals/AJP/0/appi.ajp.2014.13101401.pdf/

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