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Bullying effects could be genetic

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The emotional effects of bullying on children could be determined by genes, according to a study involving more than 2,000 British twins.

Researchers from King’s College, London, and the US, identified a genetic variation that moderates whether victims of bullying will go on to develop emotional problems.

Home visit assessments were conducted when the children were five years old and follow-up assessments were made when they were 12.

The researchers found that genetic differences in the 5-HTTLPR gene exacerbated emotional problems.

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