Girls get by with a little help from their friends: Gender differences in protective effects of social support for psychotic phenomena amongst poly-victimised adolescents

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Abstract

Purpose: To investigate whether social support is protective for psychotic experiences similarly among poly-victimised adolescent girls and boys.
Methods: We utilised data from the Environmental Risk (E-Risk) Longitudinal Twin Study, a nationally-representative sample of 2,232 UK-born twins. Participants were privately interviewed at age 18 about victimisation, psychotic experiences, and social support during adolescence.
Results: Perceived social support (overall and from friends) was found to be protective against psychotic experiences amongst poly-victimised adolescent girls, but not boys. Though boys were similarly protected by family support.
Conclusions: Social support-focused interventions targeting psychotic phenomena amongst poly-victimised adolescents may be more effective for girls.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1413–1417
JournalSocial Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology
Volume53
Issue number12
Early online date25 Sept 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2018

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