Victims of bullying in childhood, criminal outcomes in adulthood

Randy A. Sansone, Charlene Lam, Michael W. Wiederman

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Objective. Being bullied in childhood is empirically associated with a number of negative psychosocial outcomes, including delinquency. However, no study to date has examined in a clinical population relationships between being bullied in childhood and accruing charges for criminal behavior in adulthood-the focus of the present study. Method. In this cross-sectional study of 377 consecutive outpatients from an internal medicine clinic, we examined relationships between three self- reported bullying variables and self-reported charges for any of 27 criminal behaviors as schematized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Results. In this sample, approximately 45% of participants self-reported being victims of bullying in childhood. Men, but not women, evidenced relationships between being a victim of bullying in childhood and the number of different illegal charges reported in adulthood. Conclusions. Although the methodology of this study does not allow for the determination of a causal relationship, findings suggest that being a victim of bullying in childhood may be associated with criminal behavior in adulthood, particularly among males.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)69-72
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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