Effects of Bullying Last Into Middle Age
Researchers say bullied kids more likely to be depressed adults
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 18, 2014 4:25 PM CDT
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(Newser) – It's not a revelation that bullying takes a toll—mental, physical, or both—on kids who are victims. But a major new British study suggests that the ill effects are still evident right through age 50, reports Reuters. Middle-aged adults who were bullied as kids tend to be in worst physical and psychological shape than their peers, according to findings from the British National Child Development Study. Its researchers have tracked 8,000 babies born in 1958 over the course of their lives.

The research shows that kids who were bullied frequently were twice as likely to be suffering from depression at age 45, reports the Independent. They were also more likely to be unemployed, less likely to be in a relationship, and generally prone to a lower quality of life. "Teachers, parents and policy-makers should be aware that what happens in the school playground can have long-term repercussions," says one psychiatry professor involved with the research.

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Ellie Oaks
Jun 16, 2014 4:39 PM CDT
Bullying does not simply end after a child was bullied.. Adversities may occur as such would be the cause of depression which would worst lead to harming one's self. So in order for us to know such things, a mobile app was created by dedicated people at safekidzone in order to promote bully free environment for your kids. Just check this out! http://safekidzone.com/#!/page_home
plain_speaking
Apr 23, 2014 7:42 AM CDT
Both the victim and the bully carry their problems forward into life....bully are often the victims at home and are passing on the pain. I have seen many school be idle and ignore problems to the disservice of both children. Many comment below illustrate my point. We should be teach all our children to be respectful of each other.
Lou Bernardo
Apr 22, 2014 10:32 PM CDT
I was picked on and bullied in the sixth grade. A good shot in the mouth with my fist ended that. Of course today the lawyers would come, the bully would be defended and I'd have been suspended or arrested.