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Study Examines Link Between Childhood Bullying and Adult Psychiatric Disorders

June 12, 2013


A recent recently published research by Duke University professors showing that victims of childhood bullying have a greater risk of developing mental health problems later in life. The researchers conducted yearly interviews of 1,000 children, starting at ages 9, 11, and 13, and followed up in adulthood. Key findings include:

  • Youth who were victims of bullying had a greater chance of having agoraphobia, anxiety, and panic disorders.
  • Youth who bullied were at risk for antisocial personality disorder.
  • Youth who bullied and were also victims of bullying were at greater risk for adult depression and panic disorder and an increased risk for agoraphobia in females and suicidality in males.


Access the Stopbullying.gov, Community Action Toolkit for materials to create a community event to help prevent and stop bullying.

Join the national dialogue on mental health on the new federal Web site MentalHealth.gov.