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How Bullying May Shape Adolescent Brains

In recent years, a steadily increasing volume of data has demonstrated that peer victimization — the clinical term for bullying — impacts hundreds of millions of children and adolescents, with the effects sometimes lasting years and, possibly, decades. The problem is even recognized as a global health challenge by the World Health Organization and the […]

Connection Identified Between Heart Rate And Peer Victimization

Heart rate reactivity is a biological moderator between peer victimization (bullying) and internalizing problems (anxiety/depression) in adolescent girls, new research indicates. Penn State Scranton assistant professors of psychology Karin Machluf and P. Douglas Sellers II, along with their colleague, Christopher Aults from King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, found that peer victimization leads to internalizing problems in […]

Psychotic Disorders Three Times More Likely In Sibling Bullying

Those who had a history of being bullied by siblings during childhood are up to three times more likely to develop psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia in early adulthood, new research from the University of Warwick indicates. Psychotic disorders – such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder – cause abnormal thoughts and perceptions, and often involve […]

Depression And Anxiety From Childhood Bullying Lessen Over Time

Strong evidence that exposure to bullying causes mental health issues such as anxiety years later is coming from a recent University College London-led study. Researchers found that the detrimental effects of bullying decreased over time, which the authors say shows the potential for resilience in children exposed to bullying. “Previous studies have shown that bullied […]