Bullied kids face PTSD: Study

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:20 PM ET

A third of kids who are bullied suffer post-traumatic stress disorder and need help even after the cruelty stops, a new study suggests.

Researchers at the University of Stavanger studied 963 Norwegian students aged 14 and 15 and found 33% of those who said they'd been bullied showed signs of PTSD.

The Canadian Medical Association journal defines PTSD as "reliving a psychologically traumatic situation, long after any physical danger involved has passed, through flashbacks and nightmares."

That means kids who are bullied need long-term help, the researchers say.

"In such circumstances, adult responsibility isn't confined to stopping the bullying. It also extends to following up the victims," said psychologist Thormod Idsoe, the study's lead author.

"Although the bullying may have ended, PTSD symptoms could persist for a long time with some children."

The study was published in the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology.


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