Posted by Barbara Moran-Boston University on April 8, 2016
A new study shows some cautious optimism for bullied students moving into college. Although they remain at higher risk for anxiety and depression, many report an active social life, strong academic achievement, and a positive college experience.
Though past bullying is a burden, college can give young adults a chance to start over, says Melissa Holt, assistant professor in counseling psychology at Boston University. “The overall picture is hopeful.”
The Centers for Disease Control defines bullying as any unwanted, aggressive behavior that is repeated multiple times and involves an imbalance of power. Researchers know that bullying can cause lasting damage—adults who were bullied as children are at greater risk for anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, and further victimization.