Peer Bullying, Epigenetics, and Suicidal Risk: Prospective Associations
Marie-Claude Geoffroy, Ph.D., McGill University (Canada)
Mentor: Gustavo Turecki, Ph.D., McGill University
2018 Young Investigator Grant
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Question: Does peer bullying during childhood affect gene expression and increase the risk of suicide?
Strategy: Use data from two cohorts, the National Child Development Study (NCDS; n=17638) and the Quebec Longitudinal Study of Child Development (QLSCD; n=2120). Self-report measures on bullying (10-17 years), suicidal ideation, and suicide attempt (13-17 years) and genetic samples are available for study.
Impact: Greater understanding of the potential role of bullying in childhood and genetics on suicide death.