Demographic correlates of psychotic-like experiences in young Australian adults

Scott, J., Welham, J., Martin, G., Bor, W., Najman, J, O'Callaghan, M., Williams, G., Aird, R. and McGrath, J. J. (2008) Demographic correlates of psychotic-like experiences in young Australian adults. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 118 3: 230-237. doi:10.1111/j.1600-0447.2008.01214.x

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Author Scott, J.
Welham, J.
Martin, G.
Bor, W.
Najman, J
O'Callaghan, M.
Williams, G.
Aird, R.
McGrath, J. J.
Title Demographic correlates of psychotic-like experiences in young Australian adults
Journal name Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0001-690X
Publication date 2008-09-01
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1600-0447.2008.01214.x
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 118
Issue 3
Start page 230
End page 237
Total pages 8
Editor Povl Munk-Jorgensen
Place of publication Oxford, U.K.
Publisher Blackwell/Wiley InterScience
Collection year 2009
Language eng
Subject C1
111714 Mental Health
1103 Clinical Sciences
Formatted abstract
Objective: Psychotic-like experiences (PLE) in the general community are common. The aims of this study were to examine the prevalence and demographic correlates of PLE in young adults.

Method: The sample consisted of 2441 subjects aged 18–23 years. Subjects completed the Composite International Diagnostic Interview (CIDI) and the 21-item Peters Delusional Inventory (PDI). Associations between age, gender, hallucinations and delusions were examined using logistic regression.

: Both CIDI hallucinations and delusions predicted high scores on the PDI. Younger age was significantly associated with endorsement of CIDI delusions [odds ratio (OR) = 0.66, 95% confidence interval (CI) 0.48–0.92) and with PDI total scores (OR = 0.68, 95% CI 0.55–0.83). Women were significantly more likely to endorse items related to hallucinations (OR = 1.49, 95% CI 1.14–1.95) but not delusions.

: PLE are common in young adults. The mechanisms underpinning the age and gender gradients in PLE may provide clues to the pathogenesis of psychotic disorders.
Keyword Psychosis
Age factors
Gender differences
Q-Index Code C1
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