Involvement in bullying and suicide-related behavior at 11 years : a prospective birth cohort study
Winsper, Catherine, Lereya, Suzet, Zanarini, Mary and Wolke, Dieter. (2012) Involvement in bullying and suicide-related behavior at 11 years : a prospective birth cohort study. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Vol.51 (No.3). 271-282.e3. ISSN 08908567
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jaac.2012.01.001
To study the prospective link between involvement in bullying (bully, victim, bully/victim), and subsequent suicide ideation and suicidal/self-injurious behavior, in preadolescent children in the United Kingdom.
A total of 6,043 children in the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC) cohort were assessed to ascertain involvement in bullying between 4 and 10 years and suicide related behavior at 11.7 years.
Peer victimization (victim, bully/victim) was significantly associated with suicide ideation and suicidal/self-injurious behavior after adjusting for confounders. Bully/victims were at heightened risk for suicide ideation (odds ratio [OR]; 95% confidence interval [CI]): child report at 8 years (OR = 2.84; CI = 1.81–4.45); child report at 10 years (OR = 3.20; CI = 2.07–4.95); mother report (OR = 2.71; CI = 1.81–4.05); teacher report (OR = 2.79; CI = 1.62–4.81), as were chronic victims: child report (OR = 3.26; CI = 2.24–4.75); mother report (OR = 2.49; CI = 1.64–3.79); teacher report (OR = 5.99; CI = 2.79–12.88). Similarly, bully/victims were at heightened risk for suicidal/self-injurious behavior: child report at 8 years (OR = 2.67; CI = 1.66–4.29); child report at 10 years (OR = 3.34; CI = 2.17–5.15); mother report (OR = 2.09; CI = CI = 1.36–3.20); teacher report (OR = 2.44, CI = 1.39–4.30); as were chronic victims: child report (OR = 4.10; CI = 2.76–6.08); mother report (OR = 1.91; 1.22–2.99); teacher report (OR = 3.26; CI = 1.38–7.68). Pure bullies had increased risk of suicide ideation according to child report at age 8 years (OR = 3.60; CI = 1.46–8.84), suicidal/self-injurious behavior according to child report at age 8 years (OR = 3.02; CI = 1.14–8.02), and teacher report (OR = 1.84; CI = 1.09–3.10).
Children involved in bullying, in any role, and especially bully/victims and chronic victims, are at increased risk for suicide ideation and suicidal/self-injurious behavior in preadolescence.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics
|Divisions:||Faculty of Science > Psychology|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Bullying, Children -- Suicidal behavior|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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