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The Long Term Effects Of Bullying

The Short and Long-Term Impact of Bullying

❶Steve Woda is the co-founder and CEO of uKnow, and a leader in the Internet safety and security field for over 15 years.

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Experiencing more types of victimisation was related to higher risk for depression. On the other hand, Copeland and colleagues did not find a significant association between pure victim status and depression. No significant association between pure bully status and depression was found. No significant association was found between pure bully status and psychotic experiences. Frequent victimisation in childhood was associated with poor general health at ages 23 and Moreover, pure victims reported slow recovery from illness in young adulthood.

No significant association was found between health and pure bully status. They also reported poorer health status and slow recovery from illness. Bullies were more likely to use illicit drugs and tobacco and to get drunk. Some showed that all types of frequent victimisation increased the risk of suicidal ideation and attempts. Experiencing many types of victimisation was related to a higher risk for suicidality. However, others only found an association between suicidality and frequent victimisation among girls.

No significant association was found between being a bully and future suicidality. Bullies were more likely to have lower educational qualifications. Bullies were more likely to have trouble keeping a job and honouring financial obligations.

They were more likely to be unemployed. Pure bullies had trouble making or keeping friends. Frequent victimisation increased the risk of living without a spouse or partner and receiving less social support at age However, pure bullies were more likely to become young mothers under the age of No significant association between bully status and cohabitation status was found.

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It is frequently dismissed by teachers, parents and health professionals as insignificant, but a growing bank of evidence suggests it should be given greater attention. A large study undertaken by a group of psychologists at UCLA University of California, Los Angeles has found a link between bullying and poor academic performance. It showed that high levels of bullying were associated with lower grades across all middle schools that were involved in the study.

As well as a questionnaire completed by students, teachers added with their observations on student participation in activities and class discussions. Students who were bullied the most perform far worse than their peers and tend to be quieter in class for the fear of being bullied. These pupils also end up disliking school and are more likely to skip lessons to avoid clashes with their bullies. To these students it seems like an easier, less embarrassing option than telling their parents or teachers.

Lead psychologists of the study, Juvonen and Nishina, advise parents to be attentive to their children and talk about bullying before it even happens. This will help children feel more comfortable about discussing their issues if they arise and will have an overall positive impact on academic performance.

As well as that, helping children overcome bullying might have an effect on their physical health as students who are bullied suffer from headaches and colds more often. Bullying in schools should be addressed seriously and teachers should be provided with comprehensive training on how to deal with it.

It is not just a matter of managing a few bullies for the sake of better grade averages for the school, but a critical issue that should be at the core of a school's ethos. A recent study led by a group of scientists in Norway investigated long-term psychological effects of bullying on adolescents and the associated mental health problems that arise in adulthood as a result. It was a broad longitudinal study over 12 years across a variety of age groups and involved both genders.

Perception of control and not reality of control was key in this study, as no relationship was found between the various ways that students coped with being bullied and how they turned out. I can see the outline of a mechanism working here where students who believed they still had control over their situations avoided developing learned helplessness and therefore had less of a chance of experiencing depression.

However the study doesn't really help us to know what to recommend that people do to lessen their chances of long term problems. Remember, it didn't matter what the students actually did; it only mattered what they believed. If we go with the idea that believing you have control over events is important then the thing to do if you are being bullied is to keep persevering in your efforts to stop the bullying as though those efforts will result in your being able to get the bullying to stop.

No single thing you do may actually stop the bullying from happening, but the effect of continually working under the assumption that you haven't tried all options and may still get the bullying to stop may do the trick. And, of course, you might actually get the bullying to stop because of something you do or don't do. Rather than try to control the past which is impossible , it might make more sense for hurting victims to get themselves to focus on what they can control in the present, for the benefit of their future happiness and fulfillment.

As the poet George Herbert's classic phrase wisely advises us, "living well is the best revenge". The age at which kids are first bullied seems to be important according to some research. Young children who are first bullied during their pre-teen years appear to be less negatively impacted in the long term than are children who are first bullied as teens. People first bullied as young children report experiencing higher long-term stress levels than do people who were never bullied.

However, people who were first bullied as teens report more long term social withdrawal and more reactivity to violence than other groups. There is a greater tendency towards the use of self-destructive coping mechanisms in the first-bullied-as-teens group, and an interesting but hard to make sense of sex difference, where women tend to become more aggressive as a result of their bullying experience, and men to demonstrate a greater tendency to abuse substances.

I can't help but wonder if the increased independence and emancipation that teens enjoy makes them more likely to experiment with and then get locked into maladaptive coping strategies like substance abuse than their younger peers.

Finally, multiple researchers point to the protective effect that a good social support network has with regard to bully victim's short and long term outcomes.

Having supportive family members and peers around who can be confided in when one has been bullied and who can offer support and advice tends to lessen bullying's impact.

There are a number of reasons why it makes sense that a supportive social network should help, but one of them deserves to be made explicit. Namely, that when a bullying victim is surrounded by and bought into a supportive social network, they are receiving many positive messages about their worth from network members, and there are thus fewer opportunities for bullies' negative messages to find purchase and grow to take over self-esteem.

If bullies can only succeed in harming people physically; if they do not succeed in harming them emotionally or harming their identities, then relatively little lasting damage can be done. If the primary damage that bullying causes is damage to identity and self-esteem, then taking steps to repair identity and self-esteem are in order for people looking to heal from past bullying experiences.

What needs to heal, in most cases, is not the physical body, but rather, identity and self-concept. Bullied people need to learn how to feel safe again in the world or safe enough. They need to learn that they are acceptable people who have something to offer other people. They need to feel in more control over their moods and urges. They need to feel again that if they set their mind to something that they can hope to accomplish it.

These are not modest goals, by any chance, but they are the sorts of things that bullying victims need to think about working on.

I'll refer people to our topic centers on Depression and Anger Management for ideas about how these problems can be treated. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is likely to be of particular utility with regard to depression and anger that is secondary to having been bullied because mood problems that have originated in this way are very likely to have come into being as a result of victims having become convinced that they are worthless and incompetent.

In the language of cognitive behavioral therapy, these would be thought of as dysfunctional core beliefs which could be addressed and repudiated using cognitive restructuring techniques that encourage people to closely examine such beliefs and dispute them when they are found to contain exaggerations and distortions which these sorts of beliefs surely will. Social withdrawal problems and social anxiety also can be very profitably addressed within the context of cognitive therapy. One of the really nice things about a therapy setting is that role playing can take place between therapist and patient so as to provide anxious patients with opportunity to practice and improve how they will interact in feared but desired social situations.

When basic social fears and skill deficits have been addressed, it should become easier for socially withdrawn people to find the connections they need to finally feel fundamentally accepted by others. I typically hate the overused word "empowered", but I'm going to use it here, because it really fits here.

People who have been bullied have been fundamentally dis-empowered. Their feelings of personal safety have been violated and their belief in their own competency and adequacy has been brought into question.

Such people may exist in a state of perpetual avoidance and paralysis. In order to feel good about themselves, they will need to break through that paralysis and engage in something that helps them feel like they are gaining in power.

Not power over others, but power over themselves. No other people can do this for them. Each paralyzed person has to decide to empower themselves. There are a million avenues one can go in to fulfill an empowerment goal, the one that is right for any given person being a function of that person's talents and opportunities.

Anger can be productively funneled into a competitive endeavor such as education, business, sports, gaming or some other means of becoming excellent or a creative expression. Fears can be faced down and courage can be found.

I, as author of this essay, cannot offer specifics on how this can be accomplished as the right path for each person will be individual, but I can say that it is more or less as simple as picking out a goal you desire to accomplish which will assert yourself and then deciding to make it happen.

As with any self-improvement goal, it is good to start small, and to dissect larger goals into their smallest possible elements, so that each step you take on the way to a big goal is manageable. You can read more about this process in our Psychological Self-Tools self-help book. I'll end here with an appeal for comments and contributions. Have I missed anything important with regard to being bullied, in your opinion and experience? What are your own experiences with having been bullied?


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Feb 20,  · Kids don't easily outgrow the pain of bullying, according to a new study that finds that people bullied as kids are less mentally healthy as adults. The study is one of the first to establish long-term effects of childhood bullying, which is still often considered a typical part of growing up.

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Bullying Causes Long-Term Emotional Damage The experience of being bullied can end up causing lasting damage to victims. This is both self-evident, and also supported by .

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Feb 10,  · First, the effects of being bullied extend beyond the consequences of other childhood adversity and adult abuse. 9 In fact, when compared to the experience of having been placed into care in childhood, the effects of frequent bullying were as detrimental 40 years later 56! Second, there is a dose–effect relationship between being victimised by peers and outcomes in adolescence and . Immediate intervention and long-term follow-up can help mediate some of these effects. It is imperative that schools, families, and communities work together to understand bullying and its consequences and find ways to decrease, and hopefully eradicate, bullying both in schools and communities.

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Let's look at four common long-term effects of being bullied. 1. Depression and anxiety. We all experience sadness and nervousness from time to time but those who were bullied can experience these feelings beyond what an average person may experience. Bullying can be obvious or subtle, and it can occur both in childhood and adulthood. While bullying can have long-term impacts, it can also have immediate, short-term, recognizable outcomes. The impacts of bullying are often psychological and behavioral, but they may also be physical.