A recent study published in The Lancet suggests that the long term effects of bullying are worse than those of child abuse. The study (Lereyan et al, 2015) was conducted using data mined from two longitudinal studies of children and families, one in England and one in the US. It concluded that children who were bullied by peers showed an increased risk for mental health problems over those who were abused by their parents. The highest risk was to those who were both abused and bullied.
At first glance the study appears to be well-designed and executed. But it doesn’t take much digging to find the problems under the surface.