Ripple Effects of Bullying Reach Far and Wide

A Huffington Post blog by Russell King, president and CEO of Alliance member Family Service Madison, Wisconsin, provides dramatic testament to how bullying negatively affects society.

In “Bullying Ain’t Just Kid Stuff,” King points out that bullying has a “ripple effect” which can lead to academic and professional failure, and financial strain. In turn, these are linked to increased incidence of domestic violence, substance abuse, divorce, and disruption of normal childhood development.

Of course, both kids and adults are bullied. The longer it lasts, the more severe the effects. But before it gets to that point, King implores people to refrain from bullying and allowing a culture, whether in a school, home, or workplace, that tolerates that behavior. He suggests we all look in the mirror and ask what actions we are tolerating, condoning, or supporting.

Psychology Today provides additional context with “Long-term Effects of Bullying on Health and Wealth.” In addition, the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program has two good resources on bullying:

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