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These Are the Startling Consequences of Childhood Bullying


Victims of bullying are 6 times as likely to have a serious illness, like cancer or diabetes, and develop a serious psychiatric illness. Victims are much more likely to be at risk for suicide, too.

Risky Behavior.

Victims of bullying are six times as likely to smoke cigarettes as adults, four times as likely to have been charged with a felony, and more likely to smoke marijuana. Adults involved in bullying at all as children are also more likely to drop out of school and be obese.

Money & Work.

Children involved in bullying in any way are two times as likely to have difficulty maintaining a job and commit to saving money. Thus, they’re more likely to experience poverty in early adulthood.


Children involved in bullying in any way are more likely to have a harder time maintaining good ties with their parents or carrying on long friendships. Researchers did not find any impact on the likeliehood of getting married or having children, however.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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8:21AM PDT on Apr 25, 2014

Let’s End This Madness

8:20AM PDT on Apr 25, 2014

As a society, we admire and reward the success of focused directness. The question is: What happens when acceptable “assertiveness” is shoved over… into unacceptable “aggressiveness” and bullying? Where is this line drawn, and who actually draws that line between the two?

Our children, our family, friends, and every person breathing on this earth are important, are worthy, are loved and cherished for who they are. We are important, worthy, and cherished for who we are—and not what we do, what we look like, how much money we have, etc.

If children grew up with this knowledge embedded in their hearts, I believe that there would be less potential victims of bullying; teen suicides and/or attempted suicides would be reduced; and so many other positive effects will follow them through adulthood.

If adults had this knowledge embedded in their hearts, I believe that there would be less abuse, fewer suicides, and less domestic violence and killings.

If all of us believed this in our own hearts, we wouldn’t sit back and allow others to be threatened, bullied, or abused. We would have the courage to step in and do something… and not stand by and let things happen, because we’re afraid of getting involved.

We need to do is share this simple message—over and over again—until this knowledge is so deeply embedded in everyone we come in contact with that no words, actions, or persons can take that away from them.

1:48PM PST on Feb 16, 2014

Bullying does have a lasting impact on your life.

8:10AM PDT on Oct 13, 2013

underlines the importance of addressing the issue no matter who does the bullying and no matter where it is happening

8:23AM PDT on Sep 28, 2013

Ghastly that schools and other administrators let it slide or ignore given the serious harms involved

9:07PM PDT on Sep 27, 2013


1:50PM PDT on Sep 23, 2013

Bullying is abuse and the bullies should be severely punished. They are ruining peoples lives.

4:03AM PDT on Sep 16, 2013

Thanks Katie for this artic

10:34AM PDT on Sep 12, 2013

I was bullied for most of my early life by a parent. I am sad to see all of these negative results, and sad to see so many people suffer, but at least it explains a lot.

11:53AM PDT on Sep 9, 2013

My gay son was bullied in the 7th grade for being gay. I got him to a different school the next year (the bullying unbeknownst by me) where he thrived. He did think about suicide for a while, but all is well now. He is a fine man, and doing well. I am very grateful.

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