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WSU professor comments in Toronto publication NOW about the effects of bullying

November 15, 2012


Loraleigh Keashly, professor in Wayne State's College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts, Department of Communications, and conflict resolution expert, offers comments in this story about the effects of bullying. "Kids who are repeatedly bullied are at greater risk of depression, anxiety, migraines and loss of self-confidence later in life. They're more likely to have problems with alcohol and drug use and avoidance behaviours. By the time they get to college, we hope these things change, but the social damage may be done. Lots of those kids have lost opportunities to be social or to feel safe because they've been in a war zone. As adults some bully victims find ways to build resilience. But for many, the ability to be assertive at work or to show the strengths they need to advance have been affected. Dealing with those who have more power can be overwhelming."