The Effects of Bullying on Victims
A child being bullied is a very stressful ordeal for children. There are many different forms of bullying, it isn’t all physical violence it is also verbal or social abuse. Bulling can consist of threatening, persistent teasing, name calling, ignoring, gossiping and spreading vicious rumors. These occur when a bully completely breaks down a child’s image and personality. The three main psychological effects of bullying are depression, self-esteem, and suicidal thoughts. A child subjected to bullying is more likely to be diagnosed with a depressive disorder than a child not being bullied. A child feeling depressed can involve emotional symptoms: such as fear, sadness, irritability, helplessness, and loss of pleasure in life. A school bully can impact a student’s emotional well-being and academic development. A victim may avoid going to school to avoid their aggressor because of fear. According to a study in 2001 by the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence in Colorado, it is estimated that more than 10,000 students (grades 9-12) stay home at least once every 30 days because they are afraid to go to school. He might limit himself from participating in class because he might not want to sound smarter than the bully. A child might have difficulty concentrating on his schoolwork or maintain passing grades because the only thing he is concentrating is what is going to happen to himself outside of the classroom. The act of being bullied tends to increase the victim’s isolation, because his peers do not want to lose their status by associating with him or because they do want to increase the risks of being bullied themselves. School children bullied online face a high risk of being hit with real-world depression, according to a study released on September 21, 2010 by the US National Institutes of Health. Self-esteem drops once a child becomes a victim. Being a repetitive target of bullying damages the victim’s ability to view himself as a desirable, capable and effective individual. Self-esteem is extremely critical when a child is growing, because it characterizes their identity. It is very hard for a child to make friends, because of his low self-esteem. He believes he is not worthy of having any friends. A child can believe that children around him might perceive him as a weak, pathetic and a loser. And if a bully keeps persistent these types of images on a child then he might come to the conclusion that these perceptions are true about him. A child might speak negatively about himself and not believing in himself. A child will be faced with a negative attitude of thinking he can’t do anything right, and he is not worthy. A victim who is being bullied learns to shy away from social situations in order to protect himself, by doing so, he may fail to develop healthy relationships with others. According a survey conducted in 1993 P. T. Slee and K. Rigby in Australia, over 40 percent of children who have been bullied reported low self-esteem, compared with only 6 percent in the non-bullied group. The survey also concluded that a large majority of both boys and girls said they felt worse about themselves after they had been bullied. A child growing up with high self-esteem will usually be happy and confident with himself. He will grow up with huge appraise of himself and accomplish anything he sets his mind on. A research done in 1993 by Professor Dan Olweus, in Norway and Sweden, suggested that the effects of bullying can be long-lasting. By age 23, children who were bulling in middle school were more depressed and had lower self-esteem than their peers who had not been bullied. When abuse continues for a length of time, a child feels he might have to take a dramatic step in order to be free of the constant harassment. A child might believe the only way to resolve the problem is by taking his own life. Attempting suicide because of...
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