Bullying Does More Long-Term Mental Health Harm Than Abuse, Study Says
The long-term effects of being bullied by other kids are worse than being abused by an adult, new research shows.
Among a large group of children in England, those who were bullied were 60% more likely to have mental health problems as adults than were those who suffered physical, emotional or sexual abuse. And among a large group of children in the United States, the risk of mental health problems was nearly four times greater for victims of bullying than for victims of child abuse.
Teens taunted by bullies are more likely to consider, attempt suicide
The findings, published Tuesday in the journal Lancet Psychiatry, underscore the need to take bullying more seriously as a public health problem.