Peer victimisation, depressive symptoms, and substance use: A longitudinal analysis

Alcohol and Other Drugs, Mental Health, Young People

A new study led by the University of Delaware found that children who are bullied in fifth grade are more likely to suffer from depression in seventh grade, and have a greater likelihood of using alcohol, marijuana or tobacco in tenth grade. The study shows the long term impact of peer victimisation experiences in early adolescence, which affects mental health and substance use in later life.

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