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Children bullied by peers ‘at greater mental health risk’

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firemonkee57

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Children who are bullied are at greater risk of mental health problems in later life than those who are maltreated by adults, according to research.

The authors of the study say it is time that bullying is taken more seriously. They found children who were bullied were five times more likely to experience anxiety and twice as likely to talk of suffering depression and self-harm as those who were maltreated at home.

Maltreatment – by which they mean “any physical or emotional ill-treatment, sexual abuse, neglect, or negligent treatment resulting in actual or potential harm to the child’s health, survival, development or dignity” – has been the main focus of concern with regard to children’s later mental health until now, says Professor Dieter Wolke, who led the study, from the University of Warwick.

The paper published in the journal Lancet Psychiatry suggests that bullying by other children can actually do more long-term harm.

“Until now, governments have focused their efforts and resources on family maltreatment rather than bullying,” said Wolke. “Since one in three children worldwide report being bullied, and it is clear that bullied children have similar or worse mental health problems later in life to those who are maltreated, more needs to be done to address this imbalance. Moreover, it is vital that schools, health services and other agencies work together to tackle bullying.”

Children bullied by peers

Mental health services have never considered the effects of bullying when it comes to my mental health. If they had they would have seen(unless remarkably stupid)that I(and many others who have been bullied) are best described as avoidant/fearful paranoiacs, and tailored help and support accordingly.
 
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I wish we as a society could stop bullying altogether but I think that won't happen. So I believe that teaching people how to deal with bullies and bullying is essential.
 
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I wish we as a society could stop bullying altogether but I think that won't happen. So I believe that teaching people how to deal with bullies and bullying is essential.
I agree with you there.
In an ideal world, people would teach their children to respect and accept their peers - regardless of any differences. Bullying is down to huge ignorance, after all.
But unfortunately, I don't think bullying will ever be eradicated, particularly as we live in a society which promotes it.

So the next best thing is to arm children and young people who are bullied with self-esteem and the hope that their lives won't always be so hard to bear.
 
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