Background—Despite increasing evidence suggesting that childhood maltreatment issignificantly associated with psychosis, the specific role of bullying in the onset of psychoticdisorders is still unclear. This study aimed to examine whether bullying was more prevalentamongst individuals presenting to services for the first time with a psychotic disorder than inunaffected community controls.Methods—Data on exposure to bullying, psychotic symptoms, cannabis use and history ofconduct disorder were collected cross-sectionally from 222 first-presentation psychosis cases and215 geographically-matched controls. Bullying victimisation was assessed retrospectively as partof the Brief Life Events schedule. Logistic regression was used to examine associations betweenexposure to bullying and case-control status, while controlling for potential confounders.Results—Psychosis cases were approximately twice as likely to report bullying victimisationwhen compared to controls. No significant interactions between bullying and either gender orcannabis use were found. Controls reporting being a victim of bullying were approximately twiceas likely to also report at least one psychosis-like symptom.Conclusions—Our results extend previous research by suggesting that bullying victimisationmay contribute to vulnerability to develop a psychotic disorder in some individuals.
|Numero di pagine||7|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Published - 2013|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Psychiatry and Mental health
- Biological Psychiatry