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Stimulus Fund Project To Examine Impact of Bullying on Children

November 17, 2009

Summary: David Cole, chair of the Department of Psychology at Vanderbilt University's Peabody College, has received nearly $760,000 in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 funding to study the impact of chronic bullying and peer harassment on children's self esteem and mood, their ability to handle future challenges and their risk of depression. Cole and his colleagues will work within schools to study students who have been chronically victimized by their peers and those who have not and will compare how these students see themselves and how they process what is happening around them. The researchers hypothesize that those students who have been chronically victimized will be more likely to have emotional and behavioral problems, to be depressed and to have low self-esteem. They further expect that harsh and critical parenting will make these problems worse, whereas warm, supporting parenting and a group of friends will help mitigate them. Information from this project will facilitate the construction of programs to prevent the emergence of depression in young people. The funding was awarded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

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  • Basic Behavioral and Social Science
  • Behavioral and Social Science
  • Depression
  • Injury (total) Accidents/Adverse Effects
  • Injury - Childhood Injuries
  • Mental Health
  • Mind and Body
  • Pediatric
  • Pediatric Research Initiative
  • Violence Research
  • Youth Violence
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