B4007 - Genetic Influences on Sibling Bullying and Mental Health - 09/03/2022

B number: 
Principal applicant name: 
Umar Toseeb | University of York
Dr John Vincent
Title of project: 
Genetic Influences on Sibling Bullying and Mental Health
Proposal summary: 

Sibling bullying is highly prevalent. Nearly 50% of children are involved in one form or another, with higher rates in some neurodiverse children. Sibling bullying is associated with poor mental health. What remains unclear is if a) sibling bullying leads to poor mental health or whether children with poor mental health are more likely to experience sibling and b) what the rates of sibling bullying are in children with other types of neurodiversity. We will use a genetically sensitive design to address this gap in knowledge.

Impact of research: 
1) to understand the direction of causality in the relationship between sibling bullying and mental health will help to understand what the targets of intervention should be (i.e., mental health or bullying) 2) to understand prevalence of sibling bullying in vulnerable groups will help to shed new light on whether interventions are needed to support these groups, more so than the general population
Date proposal received: 
Thursday, 3 March, 2022
Date proposal approved: 
Wednesday, 9 March, 2022
Social Science, Learning difficulty, Mental health