Study: Sufferers of Cyber-Bullying More Prone to Feel Depressed

Study: Sufferers of Cyber-Bullying More Prone to Feel Depressed

It is a known fact that the usual bullying ways that comprise physical violence and calling names can be demoralizing. However, a new study has discovered that the effects of cyber-bullying can be worse.

For the study, carried out by the National Institute of Child Health and National Institute of Human Development, the researchers reviewed survey results on bullying behaviors and signs of depression, in nearly 7,000 students from grades six till 10.

Depression is a mental condition that is characterized by a pessimistic sense of failure and a pessimistic dearth of activity.

Study's lead researcher, Ronald J. Iannotti said, "Unlike traditional bullying which usually involves a face-to-face confrontation, cyber victims may not see or identify their harasser. As such, cyber victims may be more likely to feel isolated, dehumanized or helpless at the time of the attack".

The investigators found that the students who indulged in bullying, both bullies and sufferers, were more prone to suffer from depression, than the ones who were not part of it.

The levels of depression were found to be higher for all kinds of behaviors, together with physical abuse, verbal teasing, social elimination or cyber-violence.

Where the boys were mostly the bullies in cyber-bullying cases, the girls were reported to be the victims. Surprisingly, the likelihood of their feeling depressed was, however, the same.

The results of the study have been published in the present edition of the 'Journal of Adolescent Health'.