Young children who were frequently bullied
are more prone to develop mental problems
that requiretreatment when they grow up.
A new study revealed that Bullying has long lasting effects on its sufferers. There are numerous studies linking psychiatric disorders and bullying in children, but not much has been said about the lasting effects it on adults.
According to Dr. Andre Sourander of Finland's University, there are unsatisfactory studies on childhood bullying that also involves long-term follow ups. But he and his team investigated the relationship between bullying at eight years old young children and how it affect them as adults by the time they hit 29. Researchers collected data to study more than 5,000 Finnish children. They then asked kids, parents and teachers about bullying. The kids were between 16 to 29 years old. The children were then divided into different groups:
· children who were not involved in bullying
· those who were frequently bullied, but did not bully other kids
· those who were bullies themselves and
· Those who were bullies and victims of bullying at the same time.
Study revealed that 90% of the children were not involved in that behavior, but 12% were found mental health problems before they reach 30 years old.
The study also found that 20% of those who were bullies when they were young developed psychiatric issues that required treatment when they grew older. About 23% who were bully victims needed treatment before reaching 30. Those children who had the worse mental health effects are more prone to depression, schizophrenia, substance abuse, and anxiety disorders, as reported in Live Science. Early intervention among those kids can prevent them from long-term consequences.
Source: Christian today