Recent research has demonstrated that individuals who are bullied as children are more likely to get convictions for committing crimes in later life and are more likely to end up in jail.
In the study, the individuals were split into 4 groups :
1) Those who had been bullied as children (under the age of 12 years)
2) Those who had been bullied as teens (over the age of 12 years)
3) Those who had suffered bullying throughout both their childhood and their teens
4) Those who had not been bullied.
– 9% from group 1 experienced prison as adults
– 7% from group 2 experienced prison as adults
– 14% from group 3 experience prison as adults
– 6% from group 4 experienced prison as adults
FURTHER FINDINGS :
– 16% from group 1 had at least one conviction
– 11% from group 2 had at least one conviction
– 20% from group 3 had at least one conviction
– 11% from group 4 had at least one conviction
A COMPARISON BETWEEN THE EFFECTS OF BULLYING ON FEMALES VERSUS MALES :
The study also found that females who had experienced bullying both as children and as teens (ie from group 3) were significantly more likely to have alcohol addictions, drug addictions, a history of arrest and convictions than their male counterparts who had also suffered bulling as both children and teens (ie also from group 3).
CONCLUSIONS DRAWN FROM THE STUDY :
It was concluded that health care professionals need to intervene to prevent bullying in the same way as parents, teachers and guardians should. It is suggested that children and teens need to be asked appropriate questions which try to uncover bullying as a routine part of medical check ups. There should also be programs in place to address both the causes and effects of bullying to reduce the likelihood of those who have been bullied coming into contact with the law in later life.
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