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Bullying Linked to Suicide, Depression in Adulthood


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JL
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Children who are bullied are more likely to grow up to be troubled adults



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JL A. (276)
Monday February 25, 2013, 8:49 am
Bullying Linked to Suicide, Depression in Adulthood
Children who are bullied are more likely to grow up to be troubled adults

By Jason Koebler
February 20, 2013 RSS Feed Print

The negative impacts of bullying may not stop when recess is over: New research suggests that children who are bullied are more likely to develop mental problems as adults than children who were not bullied.

The new findings suggest bullying could have as much of a formative impact on a person's mental health as other traumatic experiences such as child abuse and maltreatment, according to William Copeland, co-author of the study, published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association Psychiatry.

"I think we need to start viewing the effects of a child's interactions with their peers the same way we view the family effect on childhood," says Copeland, a professor in Duke University's Department of Psychiatry. "In therapy, we ask about what someone's relationship was like with their parents, but we don't ask what happened with their peers."

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Copeland's study followed nearly 1,500 students in North Carolina for more than 10 years, discussing bullying with them during annual interviews. About a fourth of children said they were bullied at least once. A decade later, bullied children were more likely to have anxiety problems. Students who were both bullied and did some bullying showed an increased risk for depression and having suicidal thoughts. Strict bullies had an increased risk of anti-social personality disorder, which has been "closely linked with criminal behavior in adulthood," Copeland says.

"Coming into this study, I was skeptical about whether we'd see any lasting emotional effects from bullying. We know in the short term there's a lot of added stress and potential for problems, but we're talking about folks who were a decade away from these experiences," he says. "A lot of these folks probably aren't still thinking a lot about the fact that they were bullied as children, but there may be some hidden emotional effects from it."
 

Gvapo T. (22)
Monday February 25, 2013, 9:37 am
It's simply insane what is going on in the schools today!

thanks for posting
noted

 

Gvapo T. (22)
Monday February 25, 2013, 9:37 am
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JL A. (276)
Monday February 25, 2013, 10:54 am
I agree Gvapo and you are welcome. Thanks for wanting to send a star--I appreciate it.
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jo M. (3)
Monday February 25, 2013, 2:29 pm
Bullying isn't a problem that only began recently, but it is something that we are paying more attention to these days. It's also not something that will ever completely go away, but we can work to educate kids who have bullying tendencies, and to help the kids who are bullied.
 

JL A. (276)
Monday February 25, 2013, 5:37 pm
Good points Jo and Terry. Also need to remember bullying also can happen in families and other non-school environments. Thanks for posting the links to the relevant videos Terry! You cannot currently send a star to Terry because you have done so within the last week.
 

Jude Hand (59)
Monday February 25, 2013, 7:58 pm
Not surprising. I wonder, however, not about the fact that a child is buliied, by itself. But their family and friends support system's reaction to the bullying. I suspect, if the bullying is reported to them by a child and they are supportive and discuss it with them, take action or such, that that will steer how a bullied child feels about her/himself then and later. Horrible things happen to a lot of people. The results can be a matter of personality traits, but also effected by what responses they get from those that matter.
 

John B. (122)
Monday February 25, 2013, 9:56 pm
Thanks J.L. for the post. Bullying comes in many forms and from many sources Not just in schools as Terry V, points out. Glad to hear that professor Copeland and his colleagues are researching this. Read and noted.
 

JL A. (276)
Monday February 25, 2013, 10:34 pm
You are welcome John. Quite true. You cannot currently send a star to John because you have done so within the last week.
 

Angelus Silesius (66)
Tuesday February 26, 2013, 5:28 am
I know a woman who is an optometrist who observed her 8yr old son playing with kids at a playground. Her son joined in with other kids bullying another kid. She told me she felt bad for the bullied kid but felt her son needed to be that way to succeed in life. Most of the bullied kids i have seen are usually good kids with kind hearts or perhaps just have some social issues like ADHD. Some parents feel that encouraging aggression in their kids will prevent them from becoming victims themselves at some point in their lives.
 

paul m. (93)
Tuesday February 26, 2013, 6:08 am

True..
 

Teresa W. (703)
Tuesday February 26, 2013, 11:18 am
I used to be bullied at school and now I'm a troubled adult, so this may be true. Thanks.
 

Amyah Docq (0)
Tuesday February 26, 2013, 12:08 pm
Bullying is an horrible behavior that should be uprooted as soon as it pop out. It do extreme damage into the victim... often, damages that are invisible. Bullying is like termites... often, everything looks great from the outside while the inside is all dry, hollow and empty.

The problem also is that the bully is growing up, and grow up as a bully. I was bullied when I was at school because of my small, tiny size and... thick glasses. I became a person who likes to be alone and quiet. I survived. Few years ago, I was violently bullied by my -- now ex -- landlady. She assaulted me, run after me with a pair of grooming scissors to stab me... I learned afterward that she was an atrocious bully when she was young. Never stopped, she continued to bully everybody who lived near or with her. She is the type of woman who delightfully enjoy destroying others, she drool to see them suffer, and have an orgasm when they collapse or die from her nastiness.

I know, it looks like a lot, almost a cartoonish character but the problem is that it is true and there is a lot of them running loose in our societies. Yes, child bullying is terrible and have humongous consequences when not stop... for the multiple victims... as the bully rarely stop. A sign they could be sociopath? Maybe! But surely, something should be done as soon as it happen. Being a bully surely not insure success in life. It is a destroyer!
 

JL A. (276)
Tuesday February 26, 2013, 12:18 pm
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Natalie V. (27)
Tuesday February 26, 2013, 3:01 pm
noted
 

greenplanet e. (157)
Tuesday February 26, 2013, 3:18 pm
So sad that bullying can have long-lasting and perhaps somewhat hidden effects. Can be devastating in your formative years.
 

Birgit W. (152)
Tuesday February 26, 2013, 4:09 pm
Bullying cannot be allowed!
 

Aaron Bouchard (145)
Tuesday February 26, 2013, 5:13 pm
Noted thanks
 

JL A. (276)
Tuesday February 26, 2013, 5:55 pm
You are welcome Aaron
 

Mitchell D. (132)
Tuesday February 26, 2013, 5:55 pm
Most interesting...makes sense.
 

Dianna M. (16)
Tuesday February 26, 2013, 5:58 pm
Too bad bullying doesn't end at adulthood.

I recently pointed out to a supervisor that constantly running to the boss complaining about someone can also be a form of bullying. Wonder if it'll help? Probably not. Bullies don't think of themselves as bullies; enablers don't see themselves as enablers.
 

JL A. (276)
Tuesday February 26, 2013, 6:00 pm
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june t. (66)
Tuesday February 26, 2013, 11:14 pm
Bullies often grow up to be the a-holes in the office or worksite, and often worm their way into supervisory positions and management. They know who to suck up to, and who to put down. Ultimately, they are very selfish people.
 

Robert O. (12)
Wednesday February 27, 2013, 12:37 am
I believe it to be true since the trauma and emotional scars can be profund and last a lifetime. Thnaks J.L. A.
 

Carla van der Meer (506)
Wednesday February 27, 2013, 12:55 am
Thanks. This is such a huge problem and so many people seem to want to let it go on out of prejudice. The effects last a life time and make it hard to trust.
 

JL A. (276)
Wednesday February 27, 2013, 7:31 am
You are welcome Robert and Carla.
So many excellent points shared by so many!
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Melania Padilla (185)
Friday March 8, 2013, 1:14 pm
Not surprised....
 

JL A. (276)
Friday March 8, 2013, 3:44 pm
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