Monday 22 January 2018

Bullying at school leaves lifelong scars

Bullying is not acceptable, even if kids can be cruel. Photo: Getty Images.
Bullying is not acceptable, even if kids can be cruel. Photo: Getty Images.

John von Radowitz

School bullying leaves deep life-changing scars that are still evident after nearly 40 years, a study has shown.

People who suffered bullying as seven and 11-year-olds were disadvantaged physically, psychologically and mentally at age 50, researchers found.

Not only were they at greater risk of depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts, but they had difficulty with social relationships and attained lower educational standards.

Dr Ryu Takizawa, from the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College London, said: "Our study shows that the effects of bullying are still visible nearly four decades later."

The findings come from the British National Child Development Study, which includes information on all children born in England, Scotland and Wales during one week in 1958.

Press Association

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