Nearly one in three adults who were bullied at school say it has adversely affected their career prospects, according to new research.
The survey, commissioned by Oxford Open Learning Trust and undertaken by YouGov, found that more than half of adults in the UK were bullied at least once, while two in five were bullied on more than one occasion.
Some 65 per cent of those who were bullied said it had damaged their self-confidence, 36 per cent said it had had an impact on their ability to make friends and 27 per cent said their mental health had been affected, the Telegraph reports.
Only 18 per cent of those surveyed said bullying had not had any negative impact on them.
The evidence obtained by those who conducted the survey supports previous investigations that have highlighted the long-term impact of bullying.
Greg Smith, head of operations at Oxford Open Learning Trust, said: "Bullying isn't something that happens once and then you shrug it off, it is something which follows you throughout your life."
According to the survey, three in ten bullied people turned to their family members for support, while 18 per cent had sought advice from friends.
More than half said they had never asked for support and only 16 per cent had looked to those in teaching jobs for help.
"The statistic I found most worrying is that more than half of victims of bullying have never sought any form of counselling or made authorities aware of their problem," Mr Smith added. "This means bullying in school must be massively under-reported."
A previous study, conducted by Professor Louise Arseneault and Dr Ryu Takizawa at King's College London, revealed people who were bullied were more likely to suffer from anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts and poor physical health at the age of 50.
They were also less likely to have qualifications and less likely to have a spouse or partner than those who had not been bullied.
Posted by Charlotte Michaels