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Compr Psychiatry. 2010 Sep-Oct;51(5):458-61. doi: 10.1016/j.comppsych.2010.02.002. Epub 2010 Mar 20.

Being bullied in childhood: correlations with borderline personality in adulthood.

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Psychiatry and Internal Medicine at Wright State University School of Medicine in Dayton, Ohio, USA. randy.sansone@khnetwork.org

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

This study was designed to explore correlations between a history of being bullied in childhood and borderline personality disorder (BPD) in adulthood, several externalizing behaviors, and mental health care utilization.

METHOD:

Using a cross-sectional consecutive sample of internal medicine outpatients (N = 414), we examined the relationship between history of being bullied in childhood and 2 measures of BPD: the borderline personality scale of the Personality Diagnostic Questionnaire-4 and the Self-Harm Inventory. We also explored whether having ever been bullied was related to a number of externalizing behaviors (eg, rage reactions, road rage, excessive spending, alcohol and substance misuse, binge eating) as well as greater mental health care utilization.

RESULTS:

In this study, a history of being bullied in childhood demonstrated statistically significant correlations with both measures of BPD as well as a number of externalizing behaviors and the measures for mental health care utilization.

CONCLUSIONS:

A history of being bullied in childhood demonstrates a positive correlation with BPD in adulthood, externalizing behaviors, and mental health care utilization. Although this does not necessarily imply causality, the nature of this relationship warrants further investigation.

PMID:
20728001
DOI:
10.1016/j.comppsych.2010.02.002
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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