Does adolescent peer relationship impact on adult mental health?

Matt Kempen

Marketing Manager for ACAMH

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The Association of Child and Adolescent Mental Health are proud to announce that Dr Lucy Bowes, University of Oxford, will be speaking at the Emanuel Miller Memorial Lecture and Conference, Friday 16 March, at the Royal College of Physicians.

Dr Bowes will talk about ‘Adolescent peer relationships and mental health: an epidemiological perspective’, she said “It is honour to have been invited to speak at the Emanuel Miller Memorial Conference and Lecture. I have been a long-time admirer, and supporter, of the work that The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental does.”

She continued by explaining about the topic of her talk; “My research focuses on the impact of early life stress on psychological and behavioral development, in particular how bullying and maltreatment affects adolescent mental health.”

“The research integrates methods from social epidemiology, developmental psychology and behavioral genetics to understand the complex genetic and environmental influences that promote resilience to victimisation and early life stress. The overall aim is to guide intervention work through the identification of protective factors that can promote lifelong resilience.”

Gabriella Comet, Events and CPD Manager for ACAMH said; “We are incredibly fortunate to have Dr Bowes discuss, from an epidemiological perspective, adolescent peer relationships and mental health. It will be fascinating to learn more on the topic, in particular, if victimisation by peers in adolescence is associated with an increase in the risk of developing depression as an adult.”

She continued; “The talk is sure to stimulate an interesting debate, and I hope people will join in on Twitter using #acamhMiller18 to be part of the conversation as we discuss this, and the other topics covered over the course of the day.”

The theme of the Emanuel Miller Memorial Lecture and Conference is ‘Focusing on Adolescent Mental Health’ and includes lectures and discussions on; gender identity, cannabis and its link to psychosis, school interventions and bullying, self-harm, and neuroscientific approaches to the emergence of major depressions.

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