Child bullying victims still suffering at 50

Posted on April 23, 2014

Children who are bullied can still experience negative effects on their physical and mental health more than 40 years later, say researchers from King's College London.

Their study tracked 7,771 children born in 1958 from the age of seven until 50.

To collect their data, researchers asked parents if their child had been exposed to bullying, at ages seven and 11. More than a quarter said they had been bullied occasionally and 15% bullied frequently.

Over the years, researchers then carried out tests to see if the known effects of bullying persisted into adulthood.

Individuals were tested for psychological distress and general health at the ages of 23 and 50, for psychiatric problems at 45 and cognitive functioning, social relationships and well-being at 50.

The study found that those who were bullied in childhood were more likely to have poorer physical and mental health and cognitive functioning at 50.

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