Teens may not be wrong when they see their social troubles as matters of life and death.
Being excluded, rejected, dissed by friends or otherwise ostracized by your peers is practically a rite of passage of adolescence, but these social challenges— particularly when they are repeated — can have a lasting legacy on health.
A new study of teenage girls shows that “targeted rejection,” in which students are singled out for taunting or personally rejected by a friend, can have measurable effects on the immune system. If sustained, these changes can increase risk for diabetes, heart disease, stroke, mental illness and some cancers later in life, even among those considered to be at the top of the teen social hierarchy.
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