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Cohabitation, Education, and Occupation of Psychiatric Outpatients Bullied as Children

Fosse, Gunilla Klensmeden MD; Holen, Are MD, PhD

Journal of Nervous & Mental Disease: May 2004 - Volume 192 - Issue 5 - pp 385-388
Brief Reports

Few studies have explored adult psychiatric outpatients who were bullied in childhood. The aim of this study was to contrast social-demographic variables of adult psychiatric outpatients who reported bullying in childhood with those without such reports. One hundred sixty consecutive adult patients from a psychiatric outpatient clinic completed self-administered questionnaires about cohabitation status, level of education, work status, and occupation. Bullying was measured by an inventory used in schools. The results showed that psychiatric outpatients bullied in childhood were more often singles, had significantly lower levels of education, often received social benefits, and worked as shop assistants rather than as engineers and schoolteachers. Those bullied in childhood showed poorer psychosocial adjustment as adults.

Department of Neuroscience, Faculty of Medicine, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway.

Supported in part by a research grant from the Norwegian Council for Mental Health.

Send reprint requests to Dr. Gunilla Klensmeden Fosse, Department of Neuroscience, Faculty of Medicine, MTFS, NO-7489 Trondheim, Norway.

© 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.