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Adults in charge need to "move away" from the belief bullying is "an inevitable part of growing up" because the long-term repercussions are so severe, according to the authors of a report into the psychological affects of school yard abuse.
Senior author Professor Louise Arseneault, also from the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College, said:
Some children who are bullied at school still feel the effects nearly 40 years after the initial abuse, a study has found.
People who suffered bullying as seven and 11-year-olds were disadvantaged physically, psychologically and mentally at age 50, researchers at Kings College London found.
Adults who were victims of childhood bullying are at greater risk of depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts.
They also had greater difficulty maintaining relationship and had poor academic results.
They also earned less, were more likely to be unemployed, and were in poorer health than those who escaped bullying.