A new study published in JAMA Psychiatry found that children exposed to bullying may be more resilient than previously thought. Studies in the past have found that children who were bullied were more likely to experience mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, and conduct problems.
The recent study, funded by MQ: Transforming Mental Health and the Economic and Social Research Council and included 11,108 participants, showed that “the detrimental effects of bullying decreased over time, which the authors say shows the potential for resilience in children exposed to bullying.” These results offer a message of hope for those currently
experiencing bullying, and those experiencing mental health issues related to past bullying. With time and professional help, they can one day live their lives without being hindered by their mental health problems..
Dr Sophie Dix said “This important research is further strong evidence of the need to take the mental health impacts of bullying seriously. We hope this study provides fresh impetus to make sure young people at risk — and those currently being bullied — get effective help as soon as possible.”