Bullying Causes Substance Abuse, Depression, Suicide, Study Found

Young girls who are bullied may be more likely to use substances

New studies show young girls who get bullied may be more likely to use drugs and alcohol due to depression caused by being bullied.

For years, parents did not believe bullying to be serious. It has always been a part of growing up. But now, parents are urged to take the matter seriously.

Preventing excessive bullying may be the difference between a happy child and a substance-abusing, depressed one.

The depression and substance abuse cases were not as prevalent when analyzing bullying with young boys.

A study used data from nearly 1,500 tenth grade students who filled out a bullying survey. The goal was to link victims of bullying to substance abuse in young girls.

Bullying is not something to be taken lightly. Effects of bullying may be depression, loneliness, and even suicide.

This study was the first of its kind to find a possible link between substance abuse and depression.

The study can be found in the Prevention Science journal.