Background: While a large body of literature has investigated peer victimization
among adolescents, as it relates to depression and suicidal ideation, relatively little is known
about peer victimization as a risk factor for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Even less
is known about the long-term effect that peer victimization has on adolescents.
Methods: This manuscript presents the results of a systematic review exploring the
association between peer victimization during adolescence and the risk for PTSD. The
literature review synthesizes all relevant studies found on this topic and summarizes the
Results: The findings suggest a potential association between peer victimization and PTSD,
highlighting the need for further research. As such, the topic warrants further evaluation and
study from researchers, educators, and clinicians. The findings also emphasize the need to
screen victimized adolescents for symptoms of PTSD, given its potential detrimental effects.
Conclusion: Identifying and assessing particular vulnerabilities in victimized adolescents
may prevent PTSD and other mental disorders. Directions for future research are proposed.