Oxford Risk and Resilience, Genes & Environment Research
WE STUDY RISK AND RESILIENCE TO MENTAL HEALTH DIFFICULTIES IN CHILD AND ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT
Our research focuses on the development of mental health problems and on understanding trajectories of risk and resilience over the life course. Experiencing abuse, neglect or bullying in childhood increases vulnerability to psychiatric disorders, as well as poor educational and social outcomes, yet not all children who experience such adversity go on to develop adjustment difficulties. The key questions we aim to address are: Why are some individuals more resilient than others? What factors help to protect at-risk children, and how do these operate? How can we foster resilience at the individual, family, school and community level ? Our interdisciplinary research team brings together expertise in developmental psychology, epidemiology, molecular neuroscience and social sciences in order to tackle these complex research questions.
The overall aim of our research is to inform intervention strategies and policies designed to promote resilience among children at risk for emotional, behavioural or academic difficulties.