Bullying Leads To Health Problems
Long-term bullying has a severe impact on a child’s overall health, research shows
Bullying is still an issue in our country. However, recent studies have concluded that it’s even more serious than you may think, linking the heinous act to health issues. The study consisted of data taken from 4,297 kids and adolescents who were enrolled in fifth through 10th grade. Research concluded that children who are bullied are at risks for developing mental and physical health problems. It was also discovered that those who were bullied in the past and continued to be bullied in later grades suffered the most. Furthermore, high school students who had been bullied in the past and are still being bullied said they battled depression. Almost half of 10th grade students who were bullied in the past and present reported the highest amounts of anger, fear and anxiety. They also reported having issues with tasks, such as walking, running or playing sports. According to the study, 30 percent of those who had been bullied in the past had low physical health scores, compared to 24 percent only being bullied during the present. Additional diagnosis included psychosomatic symptoms brought on by mental stress, as well as difficulties in holding jobs and maintaining social relationships.
“Our research shows that long-term bullying has a severe impact on a child’s overall health, and that its negative effects can accumulate and get worse with time,” study author Laura Bogart, from Boston Children’s division of general pediatrics, said in a press release.
More attention and bullying intervention is necessary. Our children’s health depends on it.
The study was published in Pediatrics