“How Being Bullied Affects Your Adulthood” by Kate Baggeley

Bullying, Author Dalia098 (CC BY-SA 3.0 Unported)

While the coronavirus has disrupted the normal school year, for some of our children this may actually have come as a relief.

“In American schools, bullying is like the dark cousin to prom, student elections, or football practice:  Maybe you weren’t involved, but you knew that someone, somewhere was.  Five years ago, President Obama spoke against this inevitability at the White House Conference on Bullying Prevention.  ‘With big ears and the name that I have, I wasn’t immune.  I didn’t emerge unscathed,’ he said.  ‘But because it’s something that happens a lot, and it’s something that’s always been around, sometimes we’ve turned a blind eye to the problem.”’

We know that we shouldn’t turn a blind eye:  Research shows that bullying is corrosive to children’s mental health and well-being, with consequences ranging from trouble sleeping and skipping school to psychiatric problems, such as depression or psychosis, self-harm, and suicide.

But the damage doesn’t stop there.  You can’t just close the door on these experiences, says Ellen Walser deLara, a family therapist and professor of social work at Syracuse University, who has interviewed more than 800 people age 18 to 65 about the lasting effects of bullying…”

[Continued at:  https://slate.com/technology/2016/06/the-lasting-effects-of-childhood-bullying-are-surprisingly-not-all-detrimental-in-adulthood.html ]



Filed under bullying, Child Abuse, Emotional Abuse, Neglect, Physical Abuse, Sexual Abuse

41 responses to ““How Being Bullied Affects Your Adulthood” by Kate Baggeley

  1. Anna, your writing is a bastion for the abused, the neglected, the suppressed. It is a window of hope for the countless who have suffered. Peace and light, my wonderful friend.

  2. I was a victim of bullying in junior high school. The consequences are fatal especially if you aren’t strong mentally. Thank you for this…

  3. The teachers are responsible for the care of all the children in the school. I was bullied in the UK at school and one teacher did step in and stop it. It takes more than one teacher as often the bullies are the teachers. The become too powerful. My son was bullied at school from very young, I spoke to the parents of the children involved and all they could say well ours went through this. Not the reason to not stopping it. Sick minds perpetuate sick minds.

  4. Great post Anna,
    I believe there should be more attention in schools on how to treat others.
    They tend to focus on sexuality and gender issues.. I feel there are a number of children treated badly in school, only to go home where are they face the same poor treatment.

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