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Effects of Bullying Don’t End with Graduation

Children who were bullied in school continue to suffer into adulthood, a new study in the journal Psychological Science finds. Children who were the victims of bullying were far more likely to experience emotional, behavioral, financial, and health problems than their peers.

Those who were both victim and perpetrator as schoolchildren fared the worst as adults: they were more than six times more likely to be diagnosed with a serious illness or psychiatric disorder, and to smoke regularly….

The poor results for victims and victim-perpetrators prevailed even when such factors as family hardship and childhood psychiatric disorders were statistically controlled.

Read more from the Los Angeles Times Science Now blog.

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