USA Today (4/18, Bowerman) reports that according to research published online April 18 in the American Journal of Psychiatry, a publication of the American Psychiatric Association, the “harmful effects” of childhood bullying may last for decades. After following some 8,000 children for five decades, investigators “found those bullied in childhood had lower levels of education, greater physical and cognitive health problems, and poor social functioning throughout their lives, compared to those who were not bullied.”
Reuters (4/18, Kelland) points out that the data for the study came from the British National Child Development Study, which encompasses all data on every child born in the UK during a particular week in 1958. BBC News (4/18) also covers the story.
— “Childhood bullying can cause problems decades later,” Mary Bowerman, USA Today, April 17, 2014.