Thursday, May 26, 2011
Depression and substance abuse linked to bullying
According to a study completed at the University of Washington, girls who are bullied are at risk for substance abuse through depression. Findings were published in the December 2010 issue of Prevention Science.
"Both boys and girls who are victims of bullying, including bullying through e-mail and the internet, are at elevated risk for depression. However, according to a new study, adolescent girls may engage in substance use as a result of bullying-related depression . . . If your daughter is a victim of bullying, take it seriously, do all possible to prevent recurrence, and attend to possible depression and substance use."