Psych Central, February 10, 2012
"Adolescents who suffer from depression are more likely to have problems with peer relationships, including being bullied at school, according to a new study.
And while it is often assumed that being bullied leads to psychological problems, such as depression, the new study does not support that direction of influence, researchers said.
'Often the assumption is that problematic peer relationships drive depression. We found that depression symptoms predicted negative peer relationships,' said Karen Kochel, Ph.D., Arizona State University School of Social and Family Dynamics assistant research professor. 'We examined the issue from both directions but found no evidence to suggest that peer relationships forecasted depression among this school-based sample of adolescents.'" Read More