Childhood Bullying at High Risk of Later Depression

  • By Park Se-mi

    June 01, 2022 11:49

    Early-life trauma can increase risk of depression in adults, a study reveals.

    According to the study led by Jeon Hong-jin at Samsung Medical Center in Seoul based on a survey of 4,652 adults, one in every five respondents or 19.8 percent suffered from psychological trauma from childhood bullying.

    A total of 216 or 4.64 percent suffered from depression, and 23.6 percent of those had experienced trauma from childhood bullying. Adults who have experienced childhood trauma are 1.84 times more likely to suffer from depression than those who did not.

    Repeated experience of trauma increases the risk of depression significantly. For example, those who experienced more than five kinds of trauma are 26 times more likely to suffer from depression.

    "Experience of childhood bullying makes it difficult for victims to form smooth interpersonal relationship when they grow up," Jeon said. "Based on these results, early detection and the appropriate management of early life trauma appear important to preventing progression to depression."

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