Violent behavior in children and young adults has long been condemned as teen bullying has strong connections with adult depressions, new study confirms after scientists perform a comprehensive experiment. Based on their recent findings high school teenagers, who have been constantly tyrannized by their colleagues tend to victimize themselves more often and develop depressions at an advanced age.
The mystery behind depressions often affecting adults nowadays has long intrigued psychologists and researchers as they try to identify the main factors leading to these condition. A recent study conducted by scientists at the University of Oxford under the close surveillance of leading professor Lucy Bowes shows that teen bullying has strong connections with adult depressions.
The test was carried out on 3,898 participants in the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children from UK. Respondents were handed two questionnaires and were asked to provide accurate answers to the respective questions. The first questionnaire contained questions about 13-year-old bullying, whereas the second was mainly focused on the identification of depression-related illnesses at the age of 18 years old.
Statistics indicate that there is a strong link between harassing behavior at younger ages and increased depression incidences throughout the adult stages of life.
More specifically 15 percent of the 683 respondents, who confessed that they were bullied at least twice a week when they were 13, admitted to have suffered from severe depressions at 18.
7 percent out of 1,464 respondents who experienced occasional bullying at 13, developed depressive behavior by the age of 18.
A very small percentage of the people who were interviewed during the experiment have suffered of depressions by the age of 18 even though they had not been bullied at all in their pre-adolescent life.
In spite of the significant data that the experiment has gathered, scientists claim the study does not prove that bullying leads to depressive behaviors.
Researchers have also taken into account other possible factors, such as mental and behavioral problems, stressful life or family events, but no noticeable link was established between these factors and adult depressions.
The findings of the research will be taken into consideration in the future for the diminishment of bullying behavior among high school students. Parents’ support is requested in order for anti-bullying campaigns to be effective.
Researchers have already established that bullying can take many forms from name calling, to stealing belongings and to physical aggression. The next step would be to determine which of the said forms is more likely to lead to adult depressions and possibly prevent it from happening again in the future.
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