Who gets bullied? Using genetic information to identify individual vulnerabilities

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Lucy Bowes explores a multi-polygenic score approach to identifying individual vulnerabilities associated with the risk of bullying, which suggests that depression, ADHD, risk taking, BMI and intelligence are independently associated with exposure to bullying.

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The impact of racism on mental health

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Alison Faulkner considers a recent report on racism and mental health by the Synergi Collaborative Centre, which covers the impact of interpersonal racism, the multidimensional nature of disadvantage, structural disadvantage and mental illness, and pathways to mental health care.

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Preventing mental illness, at long last

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Peter Byrne, the Public Mental Health lead at the Royal College of Psychiatrists, welcomes a new BMA report entitled: “Tackling the Causes – promoting public mental health and investing in prevention”.

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Suicide risk following childhood interpersonal violence

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Katrina Witt considers the findings of a meta-analysis of longitudinal studies, which looks at exposure to interpersonal violence in childhood, and the impact that it may have on risk of suicide in young people.

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The economic impact of bullying #MHED2018

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João Santos reports on a recent study that explores the long term economic impact associated with childhood bullying victimisation.

Follow #MHED2018 today on Twitter to hear more about this research from one of the authors Louise Arseneault

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Cyberbullying research: what do we really know? #MHED2018

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Neil Humphrey kicks off #MHED2018 week here on the Mental Elf with a blog exploring some of the problems with cyberbullying research.

We’ll be blogging about youth mental health research all week and live tweeting from #MHED2018 on Thursday and Friday.

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Bullying in childhood and adolescence: we need to do better

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Tamsin Ford publishes her debut elf blog on an annual research review by Louise Arseneault in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, which looks at the persistent and pervasive impact of being bullied in childhood and adolescence, and considers important implications for policy and practice.

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Bullying in childhood: cause or consequence of mental health problems? #AntiBullyingWeek

Educating children about early mental health difficulties and reducing stigma may help to reduce the risk of children with depressive symptoms or ADHD being bullied.

Stefan Brugger publishes his debut elf blog on a recent study, which looks at the role of vulnerability and resilience in relation to mental health and bullying in childhood.

Today marks the start of #AntiBullyingWeek, so look out for lots of activity around this theme on social media.

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Cyberbullying: comparatively rare, not especially damaging or pernicious

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Shirley Reynolds reports on a recent population-based cross-sectional study that surveyed 1 in 5 of all 15 year olds in England, to ask them about bullying, cyberbullying and adolescent well-being.

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#MQScienceMeeting: transforming lives with better mental health research

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André Tomlin looks back at the #MQScienceMeeting Mental Health Science Meeting that took place in London on 2-3 Feb 2017.

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