A contemporary survey says that the effects of bullying last a lifetime. People should try to childhood bullying so it will affect a person for life. This study appeared in the magazine called the American Journal of Psychiatry. Other studies had just hinted at this in the past. The study concretely says that the effects of bullying are felt adolescence and young adulthood. A person can even feel the effects of bullying in middle age. Other studies could only find the bad effects of bullying until their late 20s. The new study monitored the health, psychological and cognitive functions of bullied kids until they were about 50 years old. Severe bullying was found to affect a person in numerous ways. This survey’s authors believe that bullying should be considered as serious as other forms of child abuse.
The study that says that bullying lasts a lifetime says that the effects of bullying can be felt 40 years later. Bullying can have health, social and economic consequences can last into adulthood.
This latest study kept track of children who were [art of the British National Development Study and the 1958 Birth Cohort Study that had captures all the information about children that were born in one week in 1958 in Scotland, Wales and England. The parents of these children would answer survey questions about any bullying that took places between 7 and 11 years-old. The survey said that 28 percent of the children had been occasionally bullied while 15 percent were frequently bullied. The authors believe that these survey results would be the same today.
This study that believes that the effects of bullying last a lifetime was closely monitored as they aged. All aspects of their life were examined. One conclusion that came from this monitoring was that bullied children had more problems in their lifetime than children who had not been bullied. Bullied children had more psychological distress when they were 23 and 50. Bullied children have greater chances of having major depression, anxiety and suicidal tendencies when they attain the age of 45. Poorer cognitive functions at the age of 50 could be a result of bullying at a younger age. The authors came to a conclusion that there could be a link between child abuse and premature aging. Previous studies have talked about premature aging, but this study confirmed it.
Why the effects of bullying last a lifetime are not entirely clear, but the researchers certainly do have theories. The authors of this study suggest that the bullying at a younger age starts a cycle of victimization that continues throughout a person’s lifetime and dominates every area of a person’s life. Another theory of these authors is the fact that the pressure of being bullied somehow embeds itself into the genes of a person. Once it embeds, bullying affects the hormones and brain chemicals that govern a person’s reaction to stress.
The authors’ next step would be to see what factors reduce or amplify the effects of bullying. One author feels that 40 years is a long time and it gives the authors enough time to see the additional experiences that these young people have in their future. The experience may protect them against bullying or the bullying could make things even worse. This author feels that they should investigate what the effects of bullying are due to additional experiences. The primary conclusion of a British study of the effects of bullying is that the effects of bullying last a lifetime. This study monitored children that were born in 1958.
By Tom Clark