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Child Bullying Victims Still Suffering at 50 – Study

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Robert Stuart Middle School seventh-grader Austin Stearns pauses for a photo with the "Bully Bucket in Twin Falls, Idaho. The school uses the bucket to combat bullying. (Photo: Ashley Smith/AP)
Robert Stuart Middle School seventh-grader Austin Stearns pauses for a photo with the “Bully Bucket in Twin Falls, Idaho. The school uses the bucket to combat bullying. (Photo: Ashley Smith/AP)

Children who are bullied can still experience negative effects on their physical and mental health more than 40 years later, say researchers from King’s College London.

Their study tracked 7,771 children born in 1958 from the age of seven until 50.

Those bullied frequently as children were at an increased risk of depression and anxiety, and more likely to report a lower quality of life at 50.

Anti-bullying groups said people needed long-term support after being bullied.

A previous study, from Warwick University, tracked more than 1,400 people between the ages of nine and 26 and found that bullying had long-term negative consequences for health, job prospects and relationships.

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