Bullying increases signs of depression among teens with autism
Childhood bullying is traumatic and the impact is even worse when teenagers with autism are the victims. These are the findings of a new study that states that teenagers with autism are more vulnerable to depressive symptoms when they are being bullied.
The study done in England says that young people with difficulties in social communication and other signs of autism are especially vulnerable. It says that a whole new approach is needed by schools to prevent bullying which needs to be combined with targeted support for vulnerable people.
The study found that children with autism had more symptoms of depression when they were 10 years older than their peers. This lasted up to the age of 18.
The study seems to suggest that focusing on the role of traumatic experiences such as bullying may help bring about a substantial difference in the well being of people with autism.