Long-term effects of being bullied by other kids worse than abuse by adults

The Los Angeles Times reports that a study published in The Lancet Psychiatry suggests that “the long-term effects of being bullied by other kids are worse than being abused by an adult.” The study found at “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 big group of youngsters in the US, “the risk of mental health problems was nearly four times greater for victims of bullying than for victims of child abuse.”

Reuters reports that the research was also presented at the annual meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies. They should be considered preliminary as they have not yet undergone the “peer review” process, in which outside experts scrutinize the data prior to publication in a medical journal.

HealthDay reports that kids “who were bullied by their peers were about five times more likely to develop anxiety compared to those who were mistreated by their parents or other adults.”

Children “who were bullied were also nearly twice as likely to self-harm and have more symptoms of depression at 18 as those who had been mistreated by adults, the study found.”

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