Bullied Teen & Tweens at Risk
Young teens who are bullied appear to be at higher risk of depression when they reach early adulthood, according to new research.”We found that teenagers who reported being frequently bullied were twice as likely to be clinically depressed at 18 years,” said Lucy Bowes, a researcher at the University of Oxford in England, who led the research.
The researchers found an association, not a definitive cause-and-effect relationship, Bowes said. “In our type of study, we can never be certain that bullying causes depression,” she explained. “However, our evidence suggests that this is the case.”To explore the possible link, the investigators used data on nearly 4,000 teens in the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children, a community-based group born in the United Kingdom. At age 13, all completed a questionnaire about bullying. At 18, they were assessed for depression.The study found that nearly 700 teens said they had been bullied “often” — more than once a week — at age 13. Of those, nearly 15 percent were depressed at age 18.