Mental Health

Peer victimization and Suicidality among LGBTQ Youth - The Roles of School Belonging, Self-Compassion, and Parental Support

Following a stress-buffering framework, in this study we explore the potential ameliorating effect of parental support on the relationships between these peer victimization and self-compassion as well as school belonging.

Examining Classes of Bully Perpetration among Latinx High School Students and Associations with Substance Use and Mental Health

The aim of this study is to examine the heterogeneity among bullying behaviors in a sample of Latinx adolescence and associations with mental health issues and substance use perceptions.

Adolescent Patterns of Peer Victimization - Concurrent and Longitudinal Health Correlates

We examine how heterogeneity in adolescent experiences of peer victimization impact health in adolescence and young adulthood. We include multiple indicators of mental health - internalizing symptoms (i.e., depressive and anxiety symptoms), externalizing symptoms (i.e., attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms, oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) symptoms, and conduct problems), and substance use (i.e., smoking, heavy drinking, marijuana and illicit drug use). We also use multiple measures of physical health - subjective health (i.e., physical symptoms and physical self-concept), health-promoting behaviors (i.e., physical activity, healthy eating practices, and sleep duration and problems), and cardiometabolic risks (i.e., BMI waist circumference, and hypertension). In examining young adult health, we directly control for earlier (i.e., baseline) symptoms in order account for stability in health over time.

Marijuana Trajectories in Canadian Youth - Associations With Substance Use and Mental Health

In the current study, we estimated trajectories of young marijuana users over a decade, i.e., from ages 15 to 28. Identification of heterogeneous trajectories of marijuana use can help distinguish between problematic and nonproblematic use patterns, identify subgroups of young people who are at increased risk for experiencing negative consequences from their use, and inform prevention efforts.