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Comparing the damage by school bullies and abusive adults doesn’t really help anyone
Marilyn Campbell, Professor Faculty of Education, School of Cultural and Professional Learning at Queensland University of Technology, theconversation.com

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The study surprisingly found overall that children who were bullied by peers had similar or worse long-term adverse consequences on their mental health when they were young adults than children who were maltreated by adults (usually in their family).

Those children maltreated by family when young in the UK were no more likely to have any mental health problems than those who had not been maltreated. In the USA those children who were maltreated but not bullied were more depressed than those who had not been maltreated.

If, however, the children in both countries were bullied only they showed anxiety, depression and self-harm or thoughts of suicide. Additionally, when children in both countries were both maltreated by adults and bullied by their peers the mental health problems were worse than those children who were bullied only.

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