Bullying does more long-term mental health harm than abuse, study says
The English children who were bullied were 70% more likely to experience depression or practice some form of self-harm than were children who suffered child abuse. The American children were nearly five times more likely to be diagnosed with anxiety if they were bullied than if they were abused.
About 40% of those who were abused by adults were also bullied by other kids. The reasons for this aren’t clear, but it’s possible that a history of abuse makes it hard for children to regulate their emotions, “which might make them more susceptible to being bullied.”
LA Times

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