What are the long-term effects of being a bully?
- Aggression in adulthood. In a research study boys were asked about whether they were bullies at age 14, then 18, and then again at age 32 (18 year span).
- The findings showed that about one in every five boys (18%) grew into being an "adult bully." They were the boys that saw themselves as being "a bit of a bully" at age 14 and continued to report being a bully at age 32.
- Over half of these adult bullies (61%) at 32 years of age were still aggressive and had been convicted of violence (20%).
- Criminality. There appears to be a connection between bullying and later criminality. In one study, 60% of those who bullied in grades 6 and/or 9 had at least one criminal conviction by age 24; 35-40% had three or more convictions (as compared to a group of non-bullying boys).
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