School Bullying: Do Adult Survivors Perceive Long-Term Effects?


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Abstract

This is a pilot study of 15 adult males, older than age 23, who were bullied at schools in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia. All but 1 of the 15 participants reported having been bullied at school on average once a week or more, the majority for at least 5 years. Six of the participants were bullied at boarding school. The study is qualitative, with quantitative evaluation of survey data. The participants attribute significant and lasting effects to their school bullying, notably in high levels of shame, anxiety, and relational difficulties as adults. This pilot study suggests that in some cases school bullying is perceived as causing more wide-ranging long-term effects than commonly understood and that these effects may be similar to those experienced by survivors of child abuse.

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