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Bullied Children Can Suffer Lasting Psychological Harm as Adults

(2/25/2013)

Bullied Children Can Suffer Lasting Psychological Harm as Adults
Science Daily
February 20, 2013

Bullied children grow into adults who are at increased risk of developing anxiety disorders, depression and suicidal thoughts, according to a study led by researchers at Duke Medicine.  Published online, in JAMA Psychiatry, the study belies a common perception that bullying, while hurtful, inflicts a fleeting injury that victims outgrow.  "We were surprised at how profoundly bullying affects a person's long-term functioning," said William E. Copeland, PhD, assistant clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University and lead author of the study. "This psychological damage doesn't just go away because a person grew up and is no longer bullied. This is something that stays with them. If we can address this now, we can prevent a whole host of problems down the road."

View the full article here: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/02/130220163629.htm


Keywords: bullied, children, psychological, harm, adults



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