Medscape Medical News: Bullied Kids More Likely to Become Psychotic Preteens

Janis Kelly

May 08, 2009

May 8, 2009 — Children who are bullied are more likely to develop psychotic symptoms in early adolescence — and there is a dose effect, with repeated bullying associated with greater risk.

In the first prospective study to examine the relationship between childhood bullying and psychotic symptoms in early adolescence, investigators at the University of Warwick, in Coventry, the United Kingdom, found the risk for psychotic symptoms nearly doubled among children who were victims of bullying at age 8 or 10 years, independent of other psychiatric illness, family adversity, or the child’s IQ, and increased nearly 4-fold when victimization was chronic or severe.

Study coauthor Dieter Wolke, PhD, told Medscape Psychiatrythe findings have clear clinical implications.

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