Being a bully is good for kids' health: Study
A new study suggests that childhood bullying has health benefits -- but only for the bullies.
The victims of childhood bullying, on the other hand, suffer the negative health effects well into adulthood. Duke Medicine researchers looked at interviews and blood samples from 1,420 people over 20 years,
People who were bullied as children had higher levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), a marker of low-grade inflammation and a risk factor for a variety of health problems, including cardiovascular disease.
The more a person was bullied, the higher their CRP levels. The bullies, meanwhile, had the lowest CRP levels of all. The researchers theorize the former bullies are reaping the health benefits that come with a higher social status.
"Enhanced social status seems to have a biological advantage," lead author William E. Copeland said in a release. "However, there are ways children can experience social success aside from bullying others."