The negative effects of childhood bullying are still evident nearly 40 years later, according to new findings by researchers at King’s College London. The study, published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, is the first to investigate the repercussions of childhood bullying beyond early adulthood.
The study, published by Beat Bullying, surveyed data collected on 7,771 kids whose parents detailed exposure to bullying.
Bullying happened to roughly 28% of the children surveyed and had a negative physical and cognitive effect on that percentage of kids. Those bullied were at an increased risk of depression, anxiety disorders and suicidal thoughts.
According to the study, “bullying not only robs young people of their childhood, but also directly affects their health, social relationships and earning potential for the rest of their lives.”
Beat Bullying is an international bullying prevention charity which believes that no one should endure the pain, fear or isolation of being bullied, and that everyone has the right to be safe from bullying, violence and harassment.