Study: Childhood Bullying Victims Still Suffer At Age 50


WASHINGTON (CBS DC) — The effects of childhood bullying can last through adolescence, and even negatively affect victims decades later until the age of 50.

A new study from researchers at King’s College London that tracked 7,771 children born in 1958 found that an increased risk for depression, anxiety and a generally lower quality of life were reported through middle age to 50 years of age. The study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry backs up decades of similar research that shows that both victims and bullies themselves suffer psychiatric problems well into adulthood.

Tracked from the age of 7 through 50, this newest British National Child Development Study tested for psychological distress and general health issues at ages 23 and 50, psychiatric problems at age 45 and cognitive, social well-being tests at 50. By age 45, 78 percent of the study subjects were still being tracked, and 61…

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