The Bullying to Prison Pipeline


Childhood bullying victims are significantly more likely to spend time in prison during adulthood than those who do not suffer bullying, according to research presented at the American Psychological Association's annual convention in Honolulu, HI.

Researchers from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte analyzed data from the 1997 National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor and the Bureau of Justice Statistics.

For the analysis, researchers broke respondents into four groups: non-victims, those who were bullied before the age of 12, those who were bullied after the age of 12 and those who were bullied throughout their youth.

Of the 7,335 youths surveyed, almost 14 percent of those who reported being bullied throughout their childhood and teen years were incarcerated as adults. Just 6 percent of non-bullying victims, 9 percent of childhood-only victims and 7 percent of teen-only victims spent time in prison.

The analysis also notes that women bullied throughout their youth are more likely to be arrested and convicted than men who experienced regular bullying.

Read the fully study HERE.

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