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Victims of Bullying Still Suffer 40 Years Later

After following more than 7500 children from the United Kingdom for 50 years, scientists have learned that victims of bullying still experience negative social, physical, and mental health effects 40 years after the trauma. In particular, those who were frequently bullied had a higher risk of poor physical health, depression, anxiety disorders, and suicidal thoughts at the age of 50. They were also less likely to be in a relationship and have support from friends and family, BBC reports. The researchers, who published their study today in The American Journal of Psychiatry, suggest that more interventions need to be put in place to reduce bullying exposure in childhood.

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