Increasing evidence now confirms that being a target of bullying in childhood jeopardizes young victims’ well-being and contributes to the development of mental health problems early in life.
Not only do victims of bullying have elevated symptoms of anxiety and depression in childhood and adolescence, they also show increased rates of self-harm, suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts, and psychotic symptoms, including anxiety and alcohol dependence. The researchers also observed associations between bullying and socioeconomic status, relationships, and cognitive functions. The study findings were published in the American Journal of Psychiatry.
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