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Depression linked to childhood bullying

Irish researchers (Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine) report that 34.5% of study participants had been bullied while at school with verbal bullying being the most common form - only 10% were physically bullied only. Children subjected to bullying were more likely to be diagnosed with a depressive disorder than those who weren't bullied. This relationship was only true while the student was being bullied. Likewise, suicidal tendencies were also linked to bullying only for that time. 29.2% of bullying victims reported a depressive order diagnosis compared to 11% of those not bullied. Similarly, the suicide rate was 8.3% compared to 1.5%. It is noted that it is unclear whether the subjects were bullied because of displayed depressive symptoms or vice versa.

Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Irish Health

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About: Depression linked to childhood bullying

Date: 13 December 2004

Source: Irish Health


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