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Consensus Study on the Biological and Psychosocial Effects of Peer Victimization:
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 Lessons Learned for Bullying Prevention

Dear Colleague,

The Board on Children, Youth, and Families of the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council (NRC), in conjunction with the NRC’s Committee on Law and Justice, will convene a committee of experts to conduct a consensus study that will produce a comprehensive report on the state of the science on: (1) the biological and psychosocial consequences of peer victimization; and (2) the risk and protective factors that either increase or decrease peer victimization behavior and consequences. Given the limited research on bullying specifically and potential to learn from other areas of victimization, the study committee will review the relevant research and practice-based literatures on peer victimization—including physical, verbal, relational, and cyber, from early childhood through adolescence.

A full description of the study’s statement of task, a list of our study sponsors, and a roster of the committee members and staff team appears on our project activity page: I would like to encourage all those who are interested in this study to sign up for our listserv which can be done on the project activity page. Please note that all future communications regarding this study will be sent to the study listserv.   Read more.

For general questions about the study, please send an email to or you can contact me directly for further information.

Please share this announcement broadly with interested colleagues, stakeholders, and partners. Thank you!


Suzanne Le Menestrel
Study Director
Suzanne Le Menestrel, Ph.D.
Senior Program Officer
Board on Children, Youth, and Families
Institute of Medicine/National Research Council of the National Academies
500 Fifth Street, NW
Keck 725A
Washington, DC 20001

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