Adolescent Bullying May Be Responsible For Some Cases Of Depression Among Adults

In continuing coverage, the Los Angeles Times (6/4, Kaplan) “Science Now” blog reports that adolescent “bullying may be responsible for nearly 30% of cases of depression among adults,” according to a study published June 2 in the BMJ. After following “2,668 people from early childhood through adulthood, researchers found that 13-year-olds who were frequent targets of bullies were three times more likely than their non-victimized peers to be depressed as adults.”

The CBS News (6/4, Welch, Kraft) website reports that the study “data factored out other causes of depression including mental and behavioral problems, previous bullying in childhood, and stressful life and family events, to focus on the relationship between bullying in teenage years and depression as adults.” For both genders, the study’s “results were the same.” MedPage Today (6/4, Walker) and Forbes (6/4, Walton) also cover the study.

Related Links:

— “Long-term study shows why bullying is a public health problem,” Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times, June 3, 2015.

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