Psychopathology during childhood and adolescence predicts delusional-like experiences in adults : a 21-year birth cohort study
Scott, James, Martin, Graham, Welham, Joy L., Bor, William, Najman, Jackob M., O'Callaghan, Michael, Williams, Gail M., Aird, Rosemary, & McGrath, John J. (2009) Psychopathology during childhood and adolescence predicts delusional-like experiences in adults : a 21-year birth cohort study. American Journal of Psychiatry, 166(5), pp. 567-574.
Objective: Community surveys have shown that many otherwise well individuals report delusional-like experiences. The
authors examined psychopathology during childhood and adolescence as a predictor of delusional-like experiences in
young adulthood. ----------
Method: The authors analyzed prospective data from the Mater-University of Queensland Study of Pregnancy, a birth
cohort of 3,617 young adults born between 1981 and 1983. Psychopathology was measured at ages 5 and 14 using the
Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL) and at age 14 using the Youth Self-Report (YSR). Delusional-like experiences were measured at age 21 using the Peters Delusional Inventory.
The association between childhood and adolescent symptoms and later delusional-like experiences was examined using logistic regression. ----------
Results: High CBCL scores at ages 5 and 14 predicted high levels of delusional-like experiences at age 21 (odds ratios for the highest versus the other quartiles combined
were 1.25 and 1.85, respectively). Those with YSR scores in the highest quartile at age 14 were nearly four times as
likely to have high levels of delusional-like experiences at age 21 (odds ratio=3.71). Adolescent-onset psychopathology and continuous psychopathology through
both childhood and adolescence strongly predicted delusional-like experiences at age 21. Hallucinations at age 14 were significantly associated with delusional-like
experiences at age 21. The general pattern of associations persisted when adjusted for previous drug use or the presence of nonaffective psychoses at age 21. ----------
Conclusion: Psychopathology during childhood and adolescence predicts adult delusional-like experiences. Understanding the biological and psychosocial factors
that influence this developmental trajectory may provide clues to the pathogenesis of psychotic-like experiences.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||Delusion-Like Experiences, Childhood, Adolescence, Psychopathology|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100)|
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > CLINICAL SCIENCES (110300)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > COGNITIVE SCIENCE (170200)
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2009 American Psychiatric Association|
|Deposited On:||09 Jun 2010 08:08|
|Last Modified:||29 Feb 2012 23:59|
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