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Updated 18 February 2014

Bullying may have cumulative effect on kids

Children and teens who are being bullied tend to score lower on measures of physical and mental health. But few studies have examined whether the possible effects of bullying accumulate over the years.

The negative physical and mental effects tied to bullying among children and teens may accumulate throughout the years, according to a new study.

This finding and previous research on the effects of bullying suggest more rigorous work should be done on finding ways to intervene and stop bullying, said the study's lead author. "I think this is overwhelming support for early interventions and immediate interventions and really advancing the science about interventions," Laura Bogart, from Boston Children's Hospital, told Reuters Health.

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Poor mental health included traits such as being sad, afraid and angry, according to Bogart. Poor physical health included limitations like not being able to walk far and not being able to pick up heavy objects. "I think one key thing to take from this is that any adult that has any contact with children... (should) know what the signs of bullying might be," Bogart said. "This study tells us some of them, but not all of them. There are physical signs, but they're not always physical."


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