More Mental Health Problems Seen for Teens Bullied in Childhood

The following is excerpted from an online article posted by HealthDay.

Youth who are bullied in childhood develop more internalizing, externalizing, and total mental health problems in late adolescence, according to a study published online in Nature Mental Health.

Dimitris I. Tsomokos, Ph.D., from the University of Glasgow in the United Kingdom, and George M. Slavich, Ph.D., from the University of California in Los Angeles, examined how peer bullying in childhood impacts adolescent mental health in 10,000 youth drawn from the U.K. Millennium Cohort Study.

The researchers found that youth bullied in childhood developed more internalizing, externalizing, and total mental health problems in late adolescence; interpersonal distrust during middle adolescence partially mediated this effect. Compared with those who developed less distrust, adolescents who developed greater distrust were about 3.5 times more likely to subsequently experience clinically significant mental health problems.

Source: HealthDay

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