The influence of bullying in childhood is high in teenagers' mental health!April 29, 2015 08:51
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The impact of the childhood will be more in the teenage; similarly the influence of being bullied in the childhood will show negative affects in the future. The new study reveals that the adults or teenagers who were severely undermined or seen with inferior status are prone to mental sickness in their future.
The problems of anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts will be more in those who were victimized with bullying. According to the report of University of Warwick, UK, persons who were bullied in their childhood are around 5 times more likely to experience anxiety (odds ratio 4.9) and are nearly twice as likely to report more depression and self-harm at age 18 (odds ratio 1.7) than children who are maltreated.
The study, which was guided by Professor Dieter Wolke, was first of its kind to correlate the effects of maltreatment (by adults) and peer bullying in childhood on mental health outcomes in adulthood. They have found that the people with the persecuting background have higher risks of anxiety, depression, self-harm, suicidal tendencies.
The statistics of the UK Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC) and the Great Smoky Mountain Studies in the USA (GSMS) contributed a lot for the current study as 4026 children from ALSPAC whose parents provided information on maltreatment between the ages of 8 weeks and 8.6 years, and their child's reports of bullying when they were aged 8, 10, and 13; and 1420 children from GSMS who reported information on maltreatment and bullying between the ages of 9 and 16.
Professor Wolke has mentioned in the report, which was published in The Lancet Psychiatry journal, that nearly 1 in 3 children faces the persecution or bullying and these children will be having worse mental health problems in later stages than those who maltreated.
It should be remembered that children are free birds and should not be victimized with specific forces such as imposing he wishes of parents and teachers, and should not be evaluated with one or two parameters, should not be underestimated, denigrated, hurted, and most importantly stop bullying for ensuring better future.