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Those Bullied as Children More Likely to Commit Crime as Adults.

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Bullying and its link to crime

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


– 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


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).


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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Best wishes, David Hosier BSc Hons; MSc; PGDE(FAHE).

Childhood Trauma : The Effects of Bullying

BELOW : short video summary of article :



Being bullied when we were young can have long-lasting adverse effects, particularly if we were sensitive and socially anxious as children.

The form that bullying takes can be both overt (blatant and obvious) or much more subtle, The subtle forms of bullying are more difficult to detect, but they include :

– betraying a trust

– excluding people

– isolating people

– making unreasonable demands

– innuendo and gossip

– manipulation

When the above techniques are used to bully others, they will also be accompanied by a deliberate attempt to control and/or exclude the person on the receiving end of the bullying. Bullying also involves victimization, humiliation and intimidation.



Bullying can create social anxiety or reinforce and exacerbate existing social anxiety. Five main areas it can affect in this regard are :

1) Effects on our beliefs

2) Effects on our attention

3) Effects on our behaviours

4) Effects on our self-consciousness

5) Effects on our assumptions.

Let’s look at each of these 5 types of effects in turn :

1) Effects on our beliefs – e.g. people cannot be trusted, I am unacceptable to others,  people will always exclude and reject me, I do not belong etc

2) Effects on our attention –  constantly and/or obsessively checking on how people are responding to us e.g. are they frowning? do they look bored? do they look irritated? etc. Often, this goes hand-in-hand with imagining a person disapproves of us when there is, in fact, no objective reason to suppose this

3) Effects on our behaviours  – e.g.  excessive need for the approval of other, becoming withdrawn and ‘keeping ourselves to ourselves’, behaving according to expectations of others at  the cost of our own individuality

4) Effects upon self-consciousness excessive worry about how we behave/look/speak, excessive concern about offending others, easily embarrassed by even the smallest social error/indiscretion etc.

5) Effects on our assumptions – eg living by the policy that, in social situations, ‘attack is the best form of defense’ leading to over-aggression towards others, the assumption that everyone will take advantage of us, the assumption that we must not get involved with anyone in a position of authority and influence etc.

David Hosier BSc Hons ; MSc ; PGDE(FAHE).

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