Bullying adversely affects children in later life more than being maltreated, according to new research from the University of Warwick. A new study published in The Lancet Psychiatry shows that children who have been bullied by peers suffer worse in the longer term than those who have been maltreated by adults.
The research is led by Professor Dieter Wolke from Warwick’s Department of Psychology and Warwick Medical School.
The study is due to be presented at the Paediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in San Diego on Tuesday. There is already an established link between maltreatment by adults and the mental health consequences for children. Professor Wolke and his team wanted to examine whether long-term mental health issues among victims of bullying were related to having been maltreated by adults as well.