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Bullying And Psychiatric Illness Linked

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Posted by Maria Mangicaro
Bullying Prevention Advocate

February 26, 201312:00 PM

A new study on bullying shows that people who were bullied have higher rates of psychiatric illness as adults. Host Michel Martin speaks with the study’s lead author, William Coleman of Duke University, and bullying expert Rosalind Wiseman.

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I’m Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. They say it takes a village to raise a child, but maybe you just need a few moms in your corner. Every week, we check in with a diverse group of parents for their common sense and savvy advice.

Today, we want to return to an issue that’s been a part of childhood for decades, if not forever, but which has lately become the subject of much national concern. We’re talking again about bullying, and we’re talking about it because parents, educators and policymakers have become aware of just how traumatic bullying can be for young people.

Now, though, a new study shows that these damaging effects can follow people to adulthood. The new study published last week in the Journal of the American Medical Association’s JAMA Psychiatry followed almost 1,500 children and found both victims and perpetrators of bullying had higher rates of psychiatric disorders as adults.

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