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…Continue readingHow Bullying May Shape Adolescent Brains

Children With Autism More Likely To Be Bullied At Home And School

Children with autism are more likely to be bullied by both their siblings and their peers, meaning that when they return from school, they have no respite from victimisation, a new study has found. The researchers also found that children with autism spectrum disorders are more likely to be both…Continue readingChildren With Autism More Likely To Be Bullied At Home And School

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…Continue readingConnection Identified Between Heart Rate And Peer Victimization

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…Continue readingPsychotic Disorders Three Times More Likely In Sibling Bullying

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…Continue readingDepression And Anxiety From Childhood Bullying Lessen Over Time

Cyberbullying In Teens Not Limited To Strangers

Past or present friendship or dating makes cyberbullying much more likely to occur between two teenagers, new research shows. Diane Felmlee, professor of sociology at Penn State, says: “A common concern regarding cyberbullying is that strangers can attack someone, but here we see evidence that there are significant risks associated…Continue readingCyberbullying In Teens Not Limited To Strangers

ADHD Meds May Be A Prescription For Bullying

Kids and teens who take medications like Ritalin to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder are twice as likely to be physically or emotionally bullied by peers than those who don’t have ADHD, a new University of Michigan study found. At even higher risk were middle and high school students who sold…Continue readingADHD Meds May Be A Prescription For Bullying