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  • Wounds from childhood bullying may persist into college years, study finds

    The emotional trauma of being bullied by peers may surpass that of experiencing child abuse or being exposed to neighborhood violence, suggests a new study led by educational psychologist Dorothy Espelage. Espelage conducted the research while on the University of Illinois’ education faculty. Co-authors on the paper were Illinois alumnus Jun Sung Hong, a professor of social work at Wayne State University; and Sarah Mebane of the Marine Corps Community Services.

    The emotional trauma of being bullied by peers may surpass that of experiencing child abuse or being exposed to neighborhood violence, suggests a new study led by educational psychologist Dorothy Espelage. Espelage conducted the research while on the University of Illinois’ education faculty. Co-authors on the paper were Illinois alumnus Jun Sung Hong, a professor of social work at Wayne State University; and Sarah Mebane of the Marine Corps Community Services.

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  • Editor’s notes: To reach Dorothy Espelage, call 217-766-6413; email espelage@ufl.edu

    The paper “Recollections of childhood bullying and multiple forms of victimization: correlates with psychological functioning among college students” is available online from Springer or from the News Bureau.