Bully or bullied, social skills are key

Recent research from the Australian Institute of Family Studies looked to examine the long-term impact of bullying. The study used data from 1150 children to establish whether they were bullied at age 13 or 14 years.

These children were then followed up 6 years later to establish the impact. The research discovered that a quarter of young people were bullied and that by age 19 these children were twice as likely to develop depression. Researcher Suzanne Vassallo found that having high social skills was a contributing factor for children who had been bullied but had not gone on to experience depression.