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Bullied Teens Bear Mental Scars


Bond says that the study is the first to show in a longitudinal or "real-time" fashion the impacts of victimization on depression. "Conversely, depression doesn't seem to predict the occurrence of victimization, which some people think -- that if someone is a bit withdrawn that he might be more of a target," she says.

Pollack tells WebMD that boys are as deeply affected as girls by bullying, but are socialized to respond differently. "When we use standard measures, boys tend to score lower on the scales of anxiety and depression because of their socialization model in which, when the questions are relatively face value, boys tend to deny a certain level of pain when they have it."

He says that boys are just as likely as girls to be depressed or anxious as a result of bullying, but tend to respond more with some type of action, such as cutting school or lashing back at their tormentors.


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