Published On: Fri, Feb 19th, 2016

Prematurely bullied babies may see depression and anxiety afterwards


A recent research study has warned that the prematurely born babies who get bullied by their peers are at a high peril of growing mental health troubles as adults involving depression and anxiety.

Additional, kids born at an extremely low birth weight (ELBW) who were rendered to bullying were almost two times as possible to have a mental health trouble, for example, anxiety, depression or attention-deficit hyper disorder (ADHD) by the time they were in their 20s.

The research team also cited that the peril was still elevated for those who were bullied a lot.

Kimberly Day, the lead researcher of the research study from McMaster University in Ontario, told that “Being bullied has a significant and lasting impact for those preemies, even into their 30s,”

The ELBW adults, who had been bullied as children, when reach on the age of 30, were almost three times much probable to have has anxiety disorders, for example, obsessive-compulsive disorder, social phobia and panic disorder.

Day further added that “Their risk for anxiety disorders is especially high, particularly among those who are exposed to bullying on a regular basis,”

The research study, cited in the journal Pediatrics, warns parents, teachers and clinicians who require being alert of the long-term effects of peer victimization on mental health.

The researchers of the study further recommended that there is a need that they become careful for bullying and intervening when feasible.

The research study comprised ELBW babies who were almost 1 kg or low at their birth between 1977 and 1982 in Ontario, who were inquired at age 8, 22 to 26 and 29 to 36.

They were contrasted with standard birth weight babies of almost 2.5 kg or much who were born in the similar time period and interviewed at the similar gap.

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Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.