Bullying is a common occurrence in many schools and is a real issue that seems to warrant no response from some authorities. Now, a new study says bullying during adolescence can cause depression later in life, courtesy of Oxford University. Some studies have established a correlation between bullying and depression in the short term, but not many studies have focused on the long-term effects.
The study was conducted by researchers using data from United Kingdom’s Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children, a study that interviewed 13 year olds about bullying, including situations that involved physical violence, threats, rumors, lies, and exclusions. The results were not pretty: victims of bullying were twice as likely to develop clinical depression at the age of 18 compared to those who were never bullied.
This evidence is damning to say the least. If schools don’t take steps to prevent or eradicate bullying, or if parents aren’t educated on the effects of bullying and pushed to take steps to protect their kids, many individuals could end up permanently scarred, unable to enter society or even become functioning adults.