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How Bullying May Shape Adolescent Brains

How Bullying May Shape Adolescent Brains

Recent research suggest that bullying can cause changes to victims’ brain structure, with potentially lasting impacts.

Researchers believe more than 3.2 million American students experience bullying every year.

In recent years, a steadily increasing volume of data has demonstrated that peer victimization — the clinical term for bullying — impacts hundreds of millions of children and adolescents, with the effects sometimes lasting years and, possibly, decades. The problem is even recognized as a global health challenge by the World Health Organization and the United Nations. And yet, some researchers maintain that not enough has been done to understand and address the issue. “It is more than surprising that childhood bullying is not at the forefront as a major public health concern,” noted the authors of a 2015 scientific review in the journal Archives of Disease in Childhood.  Read entire article.

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