Published on May 1st, 2012 | by Kim LaCapria0
Depression More Likely in Bullied Special Needs Kids, Study Finds
Depression is a condition being more frequently diagnosed in kids, and those with special needs who are bullied are more likely to fall victim, a new study has discovered.
It may seem obvious that kids with special needs are at increased risk of depression due to the effects of their condition on the way they are treated, but the study clarifies what role specifically bullying plays on depression in kids with special needs. According to researchers, while special needs kids face many factors that influence depression, bullying was actually the one that influenced the likelihood of depression the most.
Lead researcher Margaret Ellis McKenna, MD explains:
“What is notable about these findings is that despite all the many challenges these children face in relation to their chronic medical or developmental diagnosis, being bullied or excluded by their peers were the factors most likely to predict whether or not they reported symptoms of depression.”
The study on bullying, depression and special needs kids involved 109 children between the ages of eight and 17.