The urgency of ending bullying and domestic violence. | Dr. Ludy Green

Bullying was once dismissed as part of coming of age or a phase that children would outgrow. Although recent generations have made great leaps towards recognizing the harmfulness of bullying both in person and online, a recent psychiatry study urges us to readdress the problem of bullying with more force.

The study, published early May in The Lancet Psychiatry, found that bullying can be damaging to the mental health of children later in life. As published in an article concerning the study on CNN, “Adolescents who are bullied by their peers actually suffer from worse long-term mental health effects than children who are maltreated by adults.”

Dr. Dieter Wolke, part of the research team, explained that the classroom is a place children cannot escape from and urged for reform in how bullying is addressed by physicians, the government, and the public.

Dr. Wolke’s concern about bullying parallels my concern about domestic violence. It is easy to envision classrooms as inescapable, but it is often harder to see visible and invisible bounds on domestic violence victims in damaging relationships. A classroom is a physical setting with walls that children must attend everyday, yet an abusive relationship can be a trap also. In my book Ending Domestic Violence Captive: A Guide to Economic Freedom, I explain that domestic captivity is a “condition of a person who has been deprived of power to terminate an abusive” that does not have to be physical. [read more]

Source: The Urgency Of Ending Bullying and Domestic Violence | Dr. Ludy Green

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