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Childhood Bullying Linked To Adult Mental Health Issues

Dorathy Gass

A new study has revealed, that there is a link to psychiatric issues in young adults, from bullying that was suffered during childhood. A Finland research team discovered that whether the individuals were bullied or the bully, they found a connection to an increased risk of psychiatric issues that needed treatment by the time they hit young adulthood.

Dr. Andre Sourander, University of Turku and his team collected data in 1989 from over 5,000 children who were eight years old. Participants answered questions about bullying, and the kids’ teachers and parents also got involved, stating whether or not the youngsters were bullies, or being bullied themselves.

The results revealed that approximately 90 percent of kids had not been bullied or bullies; five percent were bullied, 3 percent were bullies, and 2 percent suffered from being both bullied and bullies.

The team then reviewed statistics from a national health database, regarding those same youngsters, but this time they reviewed information about them during their young adult years (16 to 29 years old). The researchers were looking specifically for service or treatment regarding mental health disorders such as depression, schizophrenia, substance abuse, or anxiety.

A new study has revealed by the team at Reuters, that there is a link to psychiatric issues in young adults, from bullying that was suffered during childhood. A Finland research team discovered that whether the individuals were bullied or the bully, they found a connection to an increased risk of psychiatric issues that needed treatment by the time they hit young adulthood.

Dr. Andre Sourander, University of Turku and his team collected data in 1989 from over 5,000 children who were eight years old. Participants answered questions about bullying, and the kids’ teachers and parents also got involved, stating whether or not the youngsters were bullies, or being bullied themselves.

The results revealed that approximately 90 percent of kids had not been bullied or bullies; five percent were bullied, 3 percent were bullies, and 2 percent suffered from being both bullied and bullies.

The team then reviewed statistics from a national health database, regarding those same youngsters, but this time they reviewed information about them during their young adult years (16 to 29 years old). The researchers were looking specifically for service or treatment regarding mental health disorders such as depression, schizophrenia, substance abuse, or anxiety.

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