David Haglund applauds the anti-bullying poem seen above:
It’s a beautiful, powerful film. Find a few minutes and watch it, and learn more about the project at Koyczan’s website, where you will find the text of the poem. An MP3 of the poem is also available.
Last week, Emily Bazelon unpacked a new study from Duke that “provides the best evidence we’ve had thus far that bullying in childhood is linked to a higher risk of psychological disorders in adulthood.” The study followed 1,270 North Carolina children into adulthood:
Based on the findings, Copeland and his team divided their subjects into three groups: People who were victims as children, people who were bullies, and people who were both. The third group is known as bully-victims. These are the people who tend to have the most serious psychological problems as kids, and in the Duke study, they also showed up with higher levels of anxiety, depressive disorders, and suicidal thinking as adults. The people who had only experienced being victims were also at heightened risk for depression and anxiety. And the bullies were more likely to have an antisocial personality disorder.