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Sunday, September 24, 2017
Get The Facts / Effects of Bullying

Effects of Bullying

The effects of bullying can be devastating and last a lifetime. While these effects may also be caused by other factors, research has found bullying has significant effects for those who are bullied and those who bully others.

Kids Who are Bullied: Have higher risk of depression and anxiety, including the following symptoms that may persist into adulthood:

  • Increased feelings of sadness and loneliness
  • Changes in sleep and eating patterns
  • Loss of interest in activities
  • Have increased thoughts about suicide that may persist into adulthood.
    (In one study, adults who recalled being bullied in youth were 3 times more likely to have suicidal thoughts or inclinations.)
  • Are more likely to have health complaints.
    (In one study, being bullied was associated with physical health status 3 years later.)
  • Have decreased academic achievement (GPA and standardized test scores) and school participation.
  • Are more likely to miss, skip, or drop out of school.
  • Are more likely to retaliate through extremely violent measures.
    (In 12 of 15 school shooting cases in the 1990s, the shooters had a history of being bullied.)

Kids Who Bully Others:

  • Have a higher risk of abusing alcohol and other drugs in adolescence and as adults.
  • Are more likely to get into fights, vandalize property, and drop out of school.
  • Are more likely to engage in early sexual activity.
  • Are more likely to have criminal convictions and traffic citations as adults.
    (In one study, 60% of boys who bullied others in middle school had a criminal conviction by age 24.)
  • Are more likely to be abusive toward their romantic partners, spouses or children as adults.

What do our members say

“I am honored to serve as a National Spokesperson for the Ambassador for Kids Program, in addition to being on the Board of Directors. I have witnessed and felt the effects of peer abuse and bullying. These are such serious problems. My role enables me to have a voice, and my goal is to help others realize that they can stop the bullying and abus...

Nikki Montlick

Whether you join on your own, through a local chapter or plan to start a new A4K chapter in your school or community, we are here to help you find your Voice.

A4K Club

“I am honored to serve as a National Spokesperson for the a4KClub. Bullying and child abuse are such major problems.  They can happen to any of us.  All of us are responsible for speaking up when we see it.  Together we can stop the abuse and the bullying.  As a spokesperson I am hoping that by seeing my leadership other kids will realize that they...

Jolie Montlick