Ask the Expert: The pervasive and persistent impact of being bullied in childhood

There is little doubt today that being bullied is an adverse and stressful experience that casts a shadow on children’s and adolescents’ wellbeing and their development.

But it has not always been the case. It is only recently that researchers and mental health professionals have started to pay attention to the potential harmful consequences of being bullied in childhood.

Our Ask The Expert series, in association with the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), brings academic research on public policy into the heart of Westminster. In this seminar, Professor Louise Arseneault summarised some of the evidence demonstrating the harmful impact of childhood bullying victimization up to adult years, concluding with a discussion on the possible policy implications and recommendations of this research.


Professor Louise Arseneault, King’s College London and the ESRC Mental Health Leadership Fellow

Nigel Keohane, Research Director, Social Market Foundation


About the speaker:

Louise Arseneault, Professor of Developmental Psychology, Kings College London & ESRC Mental Health Leadership Fellow
Louise Arseneault’s research focuses on the study of harmful behaviours such as violence and substance dependence, their developmental origins, their inter-connections with mental health, and their consequences for victims. In the early stages of her career, she examined harmful behaviours as a developmental outcome, primarily in adolescents and in adults. Over time, the focus of her research broadened to include harmful behaviours as causes of mental health problems.

Louise completed her PhD in biomedical sciences at the University of Montreal and moved to the UK for a post-doctoral training at the MRC Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre. She has been working with well-known longitudinal cohorts such as the Montreal Longitudinal Cohorts, the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study and the Environmental Risk (E-Risk) Longitudinal Twin Study, a nationally-representative sample of families with twins in England and Wales. She has also been exploring another important nationally-representative cohort, the National Child Development Survey (NCDS), with a Mid-Career Fellowship Award from the British Academy. She has recently been appointed the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Mental Health Leadership Fellow.



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