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    Posted: Apr 19 2014 at 5:20pm

Mental And Physical Toll Of Bullying Persists For Decades

by Linda Poon

The longitudinal British study checked in with 8,000 families across 40 years to trace the trajectory of a bullied child.

The longitudinal British study checked in with 8,000 families across 40 years to trace the trajectory of a bullied child.


What doesn't kill us only makes us stronger, right? Well, not when it comes to bullying.


Some may still consider bullying a harmless part of growing up, but mounting evidence suggests that the adverse effects of being bullied aren't something kids can just shake off. The psychological and physical tolls, like anxiety and depression, can .

In fact, the damage doesn't stop there, a British published this week in the American Journal of Psychiatry suggests. It actually lasts well into the adults' 40s and 50s.

"Midlife ... is an important stage in life because that sets in place the process of aging," says , a developmental psychologist at King's College London and the study's senior author. "At age 50, if you have physical [and] mental health problems, it could be downhill from here."

And health isn't the only thing to worry about. Chronic bullying's effect on a person's socioeconomic status, social life and even cognitive function can persist decades later, too, Arseneault's research suggests.

The study began with a national survey of nearly 18,000 children in England, Scotland and Wales who were born during a single week in 1958. Their parents were interviewed twice — once when the kids turned 7, and again when they turned 11 — about how often their child was bullied. Researchers also noted the children's IQ score at the time and checked reports from teachers for any behavioral problems indicative of anxiety or depression in the kids. Then, for four decades, they checked in periodically with roughly 8,000 of those children, recording their health, socioeconomic status and social well-being at ages 23, 45 and again at 50.

More than 40 percent of the children were reported as having been occasionally or frequently bullied at age 7 and 11— not too far from today's estimates in the U.S., where up to say they've been bullied at least once within a month.

Researchers found that at age 50, those who'd been bullied – particularly those who were repeatedly bullied — reported somewhat poorer physical health than those who hadn't been, and also had an increased incidence of anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts. They also had lower education attainment; memory tests indicated that they tended, as a group, to have somewhat poorer cognitive function than those who weren't bullied.

The study accounted for other factors that might have confounded the results, Arseneault says, such as poverty during childhood, family conflict and evidence of physical and sexual abuse. Though the study couldn't definitively say the bullying caused the long-lasting problems, Arseneault says, other studies and statistical tests suggest the association is more than coincidental.

"In terms of relationship, they seem to be less likely to live with a partner, and to have friends who they can speak to or rely on if they're sick," Arseneault tells Shots. "As they get older, you would think that maybe they would grow out of it — but it's not what we're showing."

The study is impressive, says , a clinical psychologist and epidemiologist at Duke University, who wasn't involved in the British research but has done work on the long-terms effects of bullying. "This is the longest follow-up study we have of victims of bullying to date," he says.

People need to shift their thinking on bullying, Copeland says, from considering it a "harmless rite of passage" to "this kind of critical childhood experience that can really change one's trajectory for decades and decades."



Bullying is somewhat different today from what it was in the '60s — cyberbullying on the internet has extended its reach. Copeland says the concept remains the same: singling out a weaker person as the target for repeated intentional harm. It's just that the abuse is no longer confined to schools and playgrounds, he says. It can happen in the no-longer-safe haven of a child's home.

Victims need some place where they can get away from the abuse and feel safe, Copeland tells Shots. "As you lose that, as you're getting teased constantly, that can lead people to have much worse outcomes, and to feel like there's really no way they can escape.

"As we see more and more studies like this," Copeland says, "I think people are going to be more and more comfortable thinking of bullying in the same way we think of [other sorts of] maltreatment in childhood — as something that's just not tolerated."

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/04/19/304528674/mental-and-physical-toll-of-bullying-persists-for-decades


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Sad. Bullying wasnt a problem when I was growing up.Every man held his own.
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i feel like kids teasing each other is never going to go away.
they're young and very egocentric.
I feel like kids should be taught how to handle those situations, rather than trying to snuff out bullying altogether. Some people are just assholes
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (2) Thanks(2)   Quote NJHairLuv Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr 19 2014 at 7:09pm
Originally posted by eanaj5 eanaj5 wrote:

i feel like kids teasing each other is never going to go away.
they're young and very egocentric.
I feel like kids should be taught how to handle those situations, rather than trying to snuff out bullying altogether. Some people are just assholes

^^^THIS. Even when a person is in an old folks home, there are elderly people bullying and in cliques. It is a part of life and it is important to learn how to deal with unpleasant people and adverse situations very early on in life.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote Ming Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr 19 2014 at 7:37pm
Originally posted by NJHairLuv NJHairLuv wrote:

Originally posted by eanaj5 eanaj5 wrote:

i feel like kids teasing each other is never going to go away.
they're young and very egocentric.
I feel like kids should be taught how to handle those situations, rather than trying to snuff out bullying altogether. Some people are just assholes

^^^THIS. Even when a person is in an old folks home, there are elderly people bullying and in cliques. It is a part of life and it is important to learn how to deal with unpleasant people and adverse situations very early on in life.


Wish it wasn't the way but this is reality. Instead of pretending bullies don't exist, they need teach the consequences of bullying and teach people to cope.

my coworker works at a home for disabled adults... some old woman knocked another lady's food off the table and rolled her wheelchair away some people are just assholes

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Originally posted by Ming Ming wrote:

Originally posted by NJHairLuv NJHairLuv wrote:

Originally posted by eanaj5 eanaj5 wrote:

i feel like kids teasing each other is never going to go away.
they're young and very egocentric.
I feel like kids should be taught how to handle those situations, rather than trying to snuff out bullying altogether. Some people are just assholes

^^^THIS. Even when a person is in an old folks home, there are elderly people bullying and in cliques. It is a part of life and it is important to learn how to deal with unpleasant people and adverse situations very early on in life.


Wish it wasn't the way but this is reality. Instead of pretending bullies don't exist, they need teach the consequences on it and teach people to cope.

my coworker works at a home for disabled adults... some old woman knocked another lady's food off the table and rolled her wheelchair away some people are just assholes

i ugly laughed so hard at this visual Dead
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one of the babies at work is a bullyyyy. you cant hug another baby without her standing there with her hand on her hip wondering wtf youre not talking to her. She pushes her, rolls her eyes, pretend laughs .. theyre 1. some babies aint sh*t either

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Az~Maverick Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr 19 2014 at 10:18pm
Originally posted by Ming Ming wrote:

Originally posted by NJHairLuv NJHairLuv wrote:

Originally posted by eanaj5 eanaj5 wrote:

i feel like kids teasing each other is never going to go away.
they're young and very egocentric.
I feel like kids should be taught how to handle those situations, rather than trying to snuff out bullying altogether. Some people are just assholes

^^^THIS. Even when a person is in an old folks home, there are elderly people bullying and in cliques. It is a part of life and it is important to learn how to deal with unpleasant people and adverse situations very early on in life.


Wish it wasn't the way but this is reality. Instead of pretending bullies don't exist, they need teach the consequences of bullying and teach people to cope.

my coworker works at a home for disabled adults... some old woman knocked another lady's food off the table and rolled her wheelchair away some people are just assholes
 
O RLY??  And I'd be one of those grannys that'll turn back around and piss in her apple juice....SleepyLOL
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Az~Maverick Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr 19 2014 at 11:12pm
Originally posted by eanaj5 eanaj5 wrote:

i feel like kids teasing each other is never going to go away.
they're young and very egocentric.
I feel like kids should be taught how to handle those situations, rather than trying to snuff out bullying altogether. Some people are just assholes


That's a lot easier said than done. In my case, I was one of the smallest kids in the class, skinny with bad skin, and that alone made me an easy target. I was always getting picked on by girls twice my size. 

I remember a time in grammar school, I was waiting my turn to use the slide when this big, Bertha looking wench kicked me square in the stomach for no reason. I just laid there in severe pain, trying to catch my breath Cry and many other incidences like that happened. Even then, schools didn't do much. My mom did what she could like come up to the school to talk to or threaten, who ever was bothering me, but after that, it just continued.I was always getting kicked in the stomach, hair pulled, spit on, etc. School was not fun. And those things DID stay with me for YEARS. I just didn't look a people the same and lost trust. So I just stayed off to myself. Even to this day, I tend to prefer my own company rather than be with a crowd.

My mom ALWAYS told me "You just need to learn to fight!" I was just too scared. But like I said, when you're a kid, it's a LOT easier said than done.


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hmmm...well...bullying is not what it was in the 1980's.  these kids are tryna kill you.  that said...sometimes the repercussions are worse these days.  1.  if u fight back...the school is not on your side and there's a high chance that this incident can fucc your record. 2. if u fight back the bully will most likely go get some friends and come back and kill your ass.  Literally.
 
Yes...teach the kids to deal with it and fight back but the school needs to be on the bullied person's side and actually punish the bully.  You're not going to do away with bullies but show these kids that are getting bullied that they have support and help.  Show these kids that they will not be punished worse than the bully if they fight back.


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