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Bullied children battle depression as adults, study finds
Youngsters who suffer bullying during their teenage years are more likely to be depressed as adults, according to new research.
A team of scientists, led by Lucy Bowes at the University of Oxford, carried out one of the largest studies on the association between bullying by peers in their teenage years and depression in early adulthood.
The study featured more than 2,500 participants, and it found that frequently bullied teenagers had around a twofold increase in their odds of suffering depression as adults compared with those who did not experience bullying as teenagers.
Of youngsters who reported frequent bullying at more than once a week at the age of 13, 14.8 percent dealt with depression at age 18.
And of the youngsters who experienced some bullying (1-3 times) at the age of 13, 7.1 percent were depressed at age 18.
Around 10 percent of frequently bullied teenagers experienced depression for more than two years, compared with 4 percent from the non-bullied group.
The most common type of bullying was name calling, as 36 percent of the participants experienced this.
Bullying in sports can be overlooked as kids just being kids, or inappropriately categorized as part of the game strategy, but it’s a serious issue that should never be taken lightly.
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