"Grow up you big baby!": the experience and effects of teasing in adulthood
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The immediate effects of teasing on children and adolescents are well documented, but in recent years, the long-term effects of teasing on adults have gained research attention. Recollections of teasing during youth have been shown to be related to increased psychosocial distress during adulthood. The present study focused on replicating the findings of previous work, as well as expanding the existing knowledge base concerning teasing and adulthood. Eightyfour adult participants completed a questionnaire packet designed to measure teasing history and perception, and levels of depression, anxiety, self-esteem, and life satisfaction. Results indicated that recalled teasing experiences from youth are related to psychosocial distress in adulthood. Teasing experiences were related to increased rates of depression and anxiety, lower self-esteem, and reduced life satisfaction. Notable differences were also found between the frequency and focus content of teasing between youth and adulthood. Implications for practice and recommendations for future research are presented.
Bias, Joshua P. (2005). "Grow up you big baby!": the experience and effects of teasing in adulthood. Doctoral dissertation, Texas A&M University. Texas A&M University. Available electronically from