England: Bullied children are at greater risk of depression

06 September 2019

A mix of genetic and environmental factors could put some people at greater risk of depression if they are bullied as children, says a study in JAMA Network Open.

Researchers from the University of Bristol, using information from 3525 teenagers who are part of Bristol’s Children of the 90s study, looked at the factors that influenced depression in 10- to 24-year-olds. They found that childhood bullying was strongly associated with trajectories of depression that rise at an early age. Children who continued to show high depression into adulthood were also more likely to have genetic liability for depression and a mother with postnatal depression.

University of Bristol PhD student Alex Kwong said: ‘It’s important that we know if some children are more at risk of depression long after any childhood bullying has occurred.’


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