It’s a disturbing statistic, but half of all mental health conditions in adulthood emerge by age 14, and three quarters by age 24. Research into youth mental health is a global priority.
There is ample evidence that young people involved in harmful bullying have experienced trauma in their own lives, display mental health difficulties and experience psychosocial maladjustment. However, early intervention into trauma events and/or psychotic disorders results in improved outcomes for a typical patient.
Flinders research into youth mental health is broad in scope, including research to improve our understanding of how fundamental changes in neurocognitive processing can lead to early psychotic symptoms.
Our researchers are also investigating the features of bullying (i.e. repetition, intended harm and power imbalance) and investigating the development of skills amongst social workers to facilitate positive family change as a way of protecting children from the effects of trauma.