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Teen bullies and risk of depression, suicidal thoughts

Depressed or suicidal adolescents who bully others are more likely to experience lasting mental health consequences than depressed teens with no involvement in bullying, according to a study conducted by researchers at Columbia University, the New York State Psychiatric Institute, and the Israeli School of Psychology.

The study polled 96 American high school students who reported both depression and an involvement in bullying as perpetrators, victims, or both. Two years after the initial reporting, researchers compared those students to 142 teenagers identified as “at-risk” for suicide but who were not involved in any bullying.

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