In an article in Psychology Today, written by Ronald E. Riggio, Ph.D., he discusses a recent fully funded study of how childhood bullying effects adults later in life.
The results showed that the long-term negative effects of bullying are not only real, but have real consequences. The study showed that:
- Bullies and their victims had poorer adult health issues, with bully victims having worse health issues.
- Bullies and bully victims are more likely to engage in risky behaviors such as drug use and risky sex.
- Bullies, bully victims both had poor educational attainment and made less income than adults who had not been involved in bullying.
As the study explains in it’s conclusion:
Being bullied is not a harmless rite of passage or an inevitable part of growing up but throws a long shadow over affected children’s lives. Victims, in particular chronic victims and bully-victims, are at increased risk for adverse health, financial, and social outcomes in adulthood.
These effects prove that the long-term problems for both the bully and the bullied are real and why I feel that we must address them when these people are children with corrective psychological help so that these issues can be avoided as they enter adulthood.
I think it is so important that we address these issues, so that we can work to resolve the long-term impact that bullying has on our lives.