Feb 18, 2014
By: Chelsea Perugini, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
This blog post originally appeared on StopBullying.gov.
Authors Copeland, Wolke, Angold and Costello discovered that victims of childhood bullying have a higher risk of developing mental health problems later in life. The study followed more than 1,000 youth, starting at the ages of 9, 11 and 13. The youth were interviewed each year until they turned 16. Follow-up interviews were then conducted into adulthood.
Results of the study showed bullying elevated the rate of mental health problems. Some of the key findings were:
The link between bullying and mental illness is very real. This research brief only scratches the surface of this issue, and is not a synthesis of all mental health and bullying research. Bullying can have many different effects.
Bullying is a serious problem for all involved and can have a lasting impact on someone’s entire life—but it doesn’t have to. You can help youth heal from the harmful effects of bullying.