Association of bullying with adolescent health-related quality of life


Dr A Wilkins-Shurmer, Armadale Community Health and Development Centre, PO Box 460, Armadale, Western Australia 6992, Australia. Fax: +61 8 9391 2229; email:


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.