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Study: Childhood Bullying Increases Risk of Adult Mental Health Issues

It may seem intuitive already, but recent studies have proven a stark reality: a child who is bullied in school is more likely to suffer from mental health and related problems as an adult.

The study was carried out by researchers from Britain’s Lancaster University and presented at the Royal Economic Society’s annual conference at the University of Warwick.

Co-author Emma Goodman said “Being bullied causes detrimental effects on children’s lives not just in the short-term but for many years after. These are more pronounced among pupils who experience persistent bullying, or violent types of bullying.”

Specifically, the study found that being bullied in school increases the extent of mental health problems at age 25 by 40 per cent. In addition, bullying has a negative impact for adults in the areas of unemployment, income and ill-health.

Further details about the study can be found in an article published online by The Health Site.