Bullying Raises Depression Risk as Adult
Being bullied during adolescence can lead to depression in later years, concludes new research at the University of Oxford. Previous studies have linked bullying with having depression symptoms over the short term, but few studies have looked at long-term effects.
To conduct their study, researchers used data from the United Kingdom's Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children, which surveyed kids at age 13 with specific questions about bullying, including whether they'd experienced physical violence, threats, lies, rumors and exclusion. The results showed that the people who experienced frequent bullying at age 13 had double the risk of developing clinical depression at age 18, compared with people who were never bullied.
Because of the evident long-term effects of bullying, the team notes the importance of schools having anti-bullying programs for students as well as parents, and how teachers need to be more aware of what’s going on in the classroom beyond academics.