Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Five-decade study offers bleak outcome for adults who were bullied as children

According to a 50-year study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry children who are bullied continue to be at risk for a wide range of poor social, health and economic outcomes. This is especially true for individuals who are frequently bullied.

These include increased levels of psychological stress at ages 23 and 50 with higher rates of depression, anxiety disorders, substance dependency and suicide. Overall, childhood bullying is associated with a lack of social relationships, economic hardship and poor quality of life (including cognitive impairment) at age 50.

We, in the LGBT community, need to be especially mindful of the effects of bullying. The study did not examine the sexual orientation of victims. However, LGBT children are far more likely to be bullied than their peers.

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