Adolescent school bullying victimisation and later life outcomes

Presented by ANU College of Asia & the Pacific

The research presented at this seminar was conducted to examine the effects of bullying during adolescence on the personal development of victims. In particular, this study analysed the experiences of bullying victimisation in junior high school on a cohort of English adolescent students, and the effects of victimisation on educational achievements, earnings, and mental ill-health in adulthood at the age of 25.

Researchers distinguished the nature and forms of bullying, as well as the frequency of victimisation, and handled possible measurement error using parental cross reporting. Using a detailed longitudinal survey linked to administrative data, the researchers controlled many of the determinants of bullying and child outcomes identified in previous literature and performed comprehensive sensitivity analyses to assess the potential role of unobserved variables.

The pattern of the results strongly suggests that there are significant long-term effects on victims of bullying - stronger than correlation analysis would otherwise suggest. In particular, the results show both the type of bullying and its intensity matter for long-term outcomes.

Silvia Mendolia is a Senior Lecturer in Economics at the University of Wollongong (Australia). She holds a PhD in Economics from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and a Master of Science in Economics from the University College of London (UCL). Before joining the University of Wollongong in 2012, Silvia worked as a Lecturer in Economics at the University of Aberdeen, and as a Research Associate at the Social Policy Research Centre (UNSW). She is a Research Fellow at IZA- Institute for the Study of Labour as Research Fellow since August 2014. Silvia has published extensively in the fields of health economics, economics of education, and applied microeconometrics.

Co-authors are Emma Gorman (University of Westminster and IZA, Bonn); Co/m Harmon (University of Edinburgh and IZA, Bonn); Anita Staneva (University of Sydney); Ian Walker (Lancaster University Management School and IZA, Bonn).