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Childhood Bullying May Have Effects Up to 40 Years Later

Reuters reports on a new study in The American Journal of Psychiatry that has found that the effects of childhood bullying may have long-lasting physical and psychological effects. Researchers asked the parents of 7,771 children to report on whether their children were bullied at ages 7 and 11. The children were then followed until age 50. After controlling for factors such as childhood IQ, emotional and behavioral problems and low parental involvement, researchers found that people who were bullied were at higher risk for mental disorders such as depression, anxiety and experiencing suicidal thoughts, faced more economic hardship and had a lower perceived quality of life than their non-victimized peers.

Read the article published by Reuters.

Read the study in The American Journal of Psychiatry.