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Children get over bullying, study shows

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: (Published 05 October 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j4628
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. London

Children who are bullied are likely to develop symptoms of depression and anxiety, however these symptoms dissipate over time, a study has found.1

Exposure to bullying is already associated with poor mental health but establishing a direct detrimental effect has been difficult.

The study, in JAMA Psychiatry, used twins as a way of establishing a control group, accounting for shared environmental and genetic sources, and other mitigating factors.

Some 11 108 twins from the Twins Early Development Study were asked at ages 11 and 16 whether they had been exposed to physical …

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