By tracking 2,668 people from early childhood through adulthood, researchers found that 13-year-olds who were frequent targets of bullies were three times more likely than their non-victimized peers to be depressed as adults.
In general, I have a lot of respect for researchers, but I have to wonder why it took so long to present facts that were obvious to me 30+ years ago. Hey researchers, let me give you some ideas for your next brilliant findings.
Some of the other traits bullying adversely affects include:
- Wellness (mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional)
- Performance (academic, extra curricular, and occupational)
- Truancy and sick leave
The lesson schools and businesses are teaching is that bullying, hatred, discrimination, and intolerance are acceptable. This needs to change . . . now!