A child that is bullied may have long-lasting effects without anyone realizing it. In a study published by Psychological Science, research shows that those who are bullied are linked to more struggles such as holding a regular job, health problems, and poor social relationships.
According to Dieter Wolke, professor in the department of psychology at the University of Warwick in the U.K., individuals need to recognize and understand that bullying has severe consequences for the individual and the country overall.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that about 20% of U.S. students in grades 9 through 12 were bullied.
However, bullies don’t need to be a child’s classmate. A study in Pediatrics conducted in June show that people who are bullied by their siblings may have more mental health problems such as depression and anxiety when compared to those who are bullied by their peers.
Researchers say that targeting certain issues that affect bullying victims may help prevent further damage. These focused areas should include: building up self-esteem, healing from emotional pain, managing anger and aggression, and helping them understand that they are wanted and belong in society.