Kids Exposed to Bullying, Violence May Age FasterWebMD Health News, Denise Mann
The emotional and physical scars from being bullied or exposed to other types of violence as a child may go deeper than imagined. New research shows that the genetic material, or DNA, of children who experienced violence shows the type of wear and tear that is normally associated with advancing age. Bullying and other violence experienced during childhood may cause a physical erosion of DNA, says Paul Thompson, PhD. He is a professor of neurology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. "We now have a physical record that violence during childhood could be damaging later in life," he says. This is a "big surprise."