- Researchers from the University of York monitor mental health and bullying in children
- Children were asked if they had been bullied or bullied and asked about their mental health
- Scientists say children who bullied their siblings had poorer mental health
According to a study, children who are bullied by their siblings are more likely to face mental health problems later in life.
Researchers from the University of York analyzed data from nearly 17,000 youth 11 to 17 in the UK, depending on whether they were chosen by a brother or sister.
Bullying was defined as emotionally or physically purposeful hurting of a sibling, such as fighting and name calling.
The study found that children between the ages of 11 and 14 were more likely to have mental health problems by their 17th birthday. The data showed that children who had good relationships with their siblings were almost twice as likely to be introverts than those who did not.
It was also found that children who chose their siblings were just as likely to have suffered what the scientists called ‘special attention’.
Previous academic papers have found that sibling bullying can lead to immediate mental health difficulties and problems in schools.
Every year in both the UK and the US, one in five young people are bullied by siblings or other children at school, activity camps or other places.
Researchers from the University of York monitored mental health and bullying among 17,000 British children for more than 20 years (stock image)
Teachers may face increase in bad behavior in the classroom after pandemic
A study in March warned that teachers could face unprecedented bad behavior, bullying and fighting because of the harmful impact of school closures on children’s mental health.
Poor concentration and restlessness can also cause problems as students re-adjust after a year of disruption.
Experts claim that it will be as important for teachers to help students ‘catch up’ with their mental health as much as the emphasis is on filling gaps in learning.
Separate research has also shown that many girls, who are believed to have had more epidemiological stress than boys, have developed Tourette’s syndrome, which causes sufferers to make involuntary sounds and tics.
In the first study, researchers from three universities found that when children went back to school after the previous lockdown, an increase in tantrums and clumsiness was attributed to pandemic stress.
According to researchers from the universities of Essex, Surrey and Birmingham, the effects of missing six weeks of school could be as high as a 73 percent increase in challenging behavior.
Their report said that although overall well-being increased when schools reopened in September, subsequent closures had a ‘probable impact on children’s mental health and behavior after the Easter holidays and continuing into the next term’. will have any negative impact.
study – published today in Journal of Youth and Adolescence – Includes 17,157 eldest children with at least one other sibling.
There were equal numbers of boys and girls in the study, and they were from families receiving child benefits.
Parents – usually mothers – and children were asked if there was bullying going on in the home. This was done when the children were 11 and 14 years old.
When the youth turned 17, the children were asked about their mental health as well as that of their parents.
The researchers found that the answers from parents and children matched when the children were 11 and 14 years old, but by the time they were 17, there were more differences.
Bullying was divided into four categories: those who were bullied by their siblings, those who bullied their siblings, those who were both bullied and bullied by their siblings, and those who were bullied by their siblings. did not threaten.
To determine how excited a child was, they were asked to rank their well-being and self-esteem.
To measure negative mental health the children answered questions that would determine whether they had internal problems – such as preferring to be alone – and external problems – such as being easily distracted and angry.
They were also asked about psychological distress – including how often they felt so depressed that they could not be cheered on and how often they were nervous.
Overall, half of the children in the study were bullied or bullied by their siblings by age 11. By the age of 14, this had come down to a third.
The results showed that children who were bullied by their siblings were more likely to suffer internalizing problems, become psychologically distressed, and self-harm.
Other variables such as wealth and geography were not accounted for in the study.
Children who bullied their siblings were just as likely to suffer mental health problems as were victims, reinforcing the long-held belief that bullies project their issues onto others.
Lead researcher Dr Omar Tosib said: ‘While sibling bullying has previously been linked to poorer mental health outcomes, it was not known whether there is an association between the persistence of bullying and the severity of mental health.
‘In particular it was found that those who bullied their siblings but did not bully themselves (ie the bully) had worse mental health outcomes years later.’