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Bullying victimisation increases the risk of emergence and persistence of specific psychotic symptoms and of psychotic disorder
  1. Swaran P Singh
  1. Correspondence to University of Warwick, Coventry, UK; s.p.singh{at}

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ABSTRACT FROM: Catone G, Marwaha S, Kuipers E, et al. Bullying victimisation and risk of psychotic phenomena: analyses of British national survey data. Lancet Psychiatry 2015;2:618–24.

What is already known on this topic

There is a strong association between social influences and adversities, and the emergence of psychosis, with urban upbringing, migrant status, childhood abuse and neglect, parental death, family breakdown, school mobility, and social disadvantage and marginalisation, all increasing the risk of psychotic symptoms.1–3 One such influence is bullying victimisation. The relationship between being bullied and specific psychotic symptoms or a psychotic disorder has not been fully elucidated.

Methods of the study

Catone and colleagues analysed data from the 2000 and 2007 British Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Surveys, including 18-month follow-up data, for a subsample of respondents in the 2000 survey, making this both a cross-sectional and longitudinal study. Assessments were conducted over two phases—phase 1: an interview with questionnaires on experiences of adverse events and traumas including being bullied and phase 2: a Schedules for …

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