StopBullying.gov posted information about a recent study from Duke University focused on the effects of bullying. The study found that victims of childhood bullying have a higher risk of developing mental health problems as adults.
Researchers studied more than 1,000 youth starting at ages 9, 11 and 13 and interviewed them until they turned 16. The study found that bullied youth are at higher risk for developing agoraphobia, anxiety and panic disorders and antisocial personality disorders. Within the study group, females had an increased risk for agoraphobia and males had an increased risk for suicidal tendencies. To read the whole study, click here.
As the study finds, there is a very real and serious effect of childhood bullying on quality of life. PublicSchoolWORKS’ Student Bullying and Violence Prevention Program (SBVPP) is a comprehensive program that includes staff and student training, reporting tools, anti-bullying posters and other tools to properly prepare students, staff and schools. The combination of automatic alerts for administrators, staff and student training and community communication mechanisms makes the SBVPP the ultimate tool for addressing bullying and student violence.
To learn how your school can use the SBVPP for bullying and student violence prevention, email firstname.lastname@example.org.