Association of bullying with adolescent health-related quality of life

J Paediatr Child Health. 2003 Aug;39(6):436-41. doi: 10.1046/j.1440-1754.2003.00184.x.


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.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior
  • Aggression*
  • Cohort Studies
  • Crime Victims / psychology*
  • Dominance-Subordination*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Male
  • Psychology, Adolescent
  • Quality of Life / psychology*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires