Many consider it a ” right of passage ” into adulthood. Well, a new study is showing that childhood bullying may be more damaging than you think.
Name calling, insults, rough-housing… schoolyard bullying used to be dismissed as a normal part of childhood.
Now, a new study shows that the long-term effects of bullying are far from normal. And for kids, the effects of mistreatment by peers may even be more severe than what happens when they are mistreated by adults.
Researchers at Duke University teamed up with psychology experts in the UK. They looked at data on thousands of adults, both in the United States and overseas, who were bullied in childhood.
What they found is surprising: those who were bullied only by other children experienced more depression, more anxiety, worse overall mental health than those mistreated by adults.
With increased awareness and new school programs, we may be starting to turn the tide against childhood bullying. But this study reminds us that bullying of any kind is not just unacceptable. Its harm lingers for decades… and that’s something children need to know as well.
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