Association of bullying with adolescent health-related quality of life
Version of Record online: 19 AUG 2003
Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
Volume 39, Issue 6, pages 436–441, August 2001
How to Cite
Wilkins-Shurmer, A., O'Callaghan, M., Najman, J., Bor, W., Williams, G. and Anderson, M. (2003), Association of bullying with adolescent health-related quality of life. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 39: 436–441. doi: 10.1046/j.1440-1754.2003.00184.x
- Issue online: 19 AUG 2003
- Version of Record online: 19 AUG 2003
- Accepted for publication 5 December 2002.
- health-related quality of life
Objective: To examine the relationship between being bullied and health-related quality of life (HR-QOL) in adolescence.
Methodology: Subjects were a cohort of 805 adolescents with a mean age of 13.6 years (standard deviation 0.2 years). An adolescent questionnaire elicited the frequency of being bullied. HR-QOL was measured using the Child Health Questionnaire − Parent Report Form (CHQ-PF50) and Dartmouth COOP Functional Health Assessment Charts for Adolescents.
Results: Thirty-six per cent of boys and 38 per cent of girls reported being bullied at least weekly. Adolescent psychosocial HR-QOL was inversely related to frequency of being bullied, while physical HR-QOL was not related.
Conclusion: Peer bullying is an important determinant of adolescent HR-QOL with a negative impact on psychosocial well-being.