Emma Wilson-Lemoine

Thesis Title: Exploring associations between bullying victimisation and self-harm among adolescents, and the role of sex and coping. An accelerated cohort study of South London adolescents, using data from the REACH study

Abstract:Self-harm, defined as ‘self-inflicted injury or poisoning, irrespective of suicidal intent’, is one of the strongest risk factors for future suicide (Hawton et al., 2020; Hawton et al., 2012). Bullying victimisation is an interpersonal factor that has consistently been associated with self-harm (Abdelraheem et al., 2019; Valencia-Agudo et al., 2018), but less is known about associations by bullying sub-type (i.e. physical, verbal, relational–the ‘traditional’ in-person forms of bullying, and cyberbullying), among boys and girls. There is also a gap in the literature for exploring interactions with intrapersonal factors, such as coping, and whether different coping strategies can modify the effect of risk factors such as bullying on self-harm. Thus, the main objectives of my PhD are to examine the cross-sectional and longitudinal associations between bullying victimisation, coping strategies, and self-harm among adolescents living in diverse, densely-populated urban populations, and how these experiences may vary between boys and girls.

Data in this PhD are drawn from an accelerated cohort study of adolescent mental health in South London, the REACH (Resilience, Ethnicity and AdolesCent mental Health) study (Knowles et al., 2022).

Publications: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/jad.12097

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