Resilience, Adversity & the Brain

Why do some children bounce back from difficult early experiences to live happy and fulfilling lives whereas others experience difficulties?


The aim of this study, funded by the NSPCC and the Economic and Social Research Council, is to create the groundwork for a new simple tool that can measure vulnerability for future mental health problems. The longer term aim is to provide help and support for vulnerable children to boost their resilience before mental health problems actually emerge.

Benefits for participating schools include:

  • Fun computer games/pen and paper tasks for children involved
  • A future working partnership with the school over the course of the study - potential staff training on adolescent mental health, careers in psychology for older children, or bespoke lessons on the brain for science classes
  • ¬£50 vouchers

Further information about recruiting students