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Girls get by with a little help from their friends: gender differences in protective effects of social support for psychotic phenomena amongst poly…

A new interesting article has been published in Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol. 2018 Sep 25. doi: 10.1007/s00127-018-1599-6. and titled:

Girls get by with a little help from their friends: gender differences in protective effects of social support for psychotic phenomena amongst poly…

Authors of this article are:
Crush E Arseneault L Fisher HL.

A summary of the article is shown below:
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 2232 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.

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This article is a good source of information and a good way to become familiar with topics such as: Psychosis;Psychotic-like experiences;Resilience;Sex differences;Victimization.

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