The continuation of interpersonal violence: An investigation into the relationship between bullying and intimate partner violence (Wolfson Institute, School of Medicine and Dentistry, QMUL)

Contact: Sania Shakoor


Department: Wolfson Institute, School of Medicine and Dentistry

Institution: Queen Mary, University of London

Project timeline: There is some flexibility in the start date for this project – proposed start August 2021

Project duration: 20 weeks part-time (0.6 FTE)

Closing date: 2nd August 2021

Expertise required: 1) Extensive experience of quantitative data analysis 2) Experience of working with large and complex datasets 3) Knowledge and understanding of aetiological models of violence and mental health in young people 4) Excellent communication, written and presentation skills

Project description: Bullying and intimate partner violence (IPV) are forms of interpersonal violence where perpetrators and victims have an increased risk of mental health problems. They are serious public health issues that have individually received attention from government policies. Parallels in bullying and IPV (i.e. power imbalance) suggests that one may be an extension of the other. Studies suggest that bullying perpetrators and victims are more likely to be perpetrators of IPV. However, less is known about why this may be. There is a need to move beyond testing for associations, and explore underlying mechanisms that explain the continuation of violence from bullying to IPV. Using data from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC) this project aims to: 1: Investigate the longitudinal relationship between bullying in childhood and intimate partner violence in late adolescence/early adulthood 2: Investigate pathways underlying the relationship between bullying and IPV.

Description of work involved: Under the supervision of the PI the student will be expected to: 1) Conduct multivariate analyses (Regression models, SEM Analysis, Latent Class Analysis) 2) Contribute/Lead to academic paper(s) summarising the findings 3) Share/Present findings to colleagues/third party organisations

Student benefits:1) Exposure to large longitudinal multi generational cohort data 2) Supervision and learning of quantitative modelling techniques 3) Co-authorship/ authorship on an impact factor journal article. 4) Exposure to the wider research community at Queen Mary who are interested in mental health and violence 5) Dissemination of findings to third party organisations