Dieter Wolke

Dieter Wolke is a researcher at the University of Warwick.[12]He specializes in psychology and developmental psychology.[23]He is a member of Department of Psychology.[4]

He recorded how long babies fussed and cried over a 24-hour period across different countries in the first 12 weeks of life.[5]Wolke has worked at various research institutions in Germany and the UK, including the University of London, the University of Munich, the University of Hertfordshire, and the University of Bristol.[6]He has published widely in leading journals and is on the editorial boards of several journals and scientific advisory boards.[6]He is actively engaged in efforts with policy makers and the public to raise awareness of the long-term effects of bullying victimization.[6]His work is regularly picked up in the media and was recently featured in Nature and the News Scientist.[6]His main research interests include pathways leading to developmental psychopathology; social and emotional development; the development of biological at risk children and infant regulatory problems.[7]

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Children bullied by friends and siblings are more likely to think about suicide in their early twenties

Depression, self-harm and suicidal ideation are more prominent in adults in their early twenties if they were bullied at home and at school, a study by researchers at the University of Warwick have found. Previous studies have identified that sibling bullying has an effect on mental health in adolescence, however researchers Professor Dieter Wolke and Dr. Slava Dantchev have now found children who were bullied by siblings and friends are more likely to harm themselves.[21]


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Premature Babies Are Less Likely to Grow Up to Become Parents

Babies born prematurely are less likely to grow up to become parents themselves. Results revealed that men and women who were born preterm were 28 percent less likely to form romantic relationships, 22 percent less likely to become parents, and 2.3 times less likely to ever have a sexual partner, compared to adults born full term. Of course, the findings do not suggest that premature babies are doomed to become incels, but that socially-driven early childhood interventions could close these gaps for them, study co-author psychologist Dr. Dieter Wolke explained.[22]


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Children bullied by siblings three times more likely to develop psychotic disorder

Fifty-five of the total 3,600 children in the study had developed a psychotic disorder by the age of eighteen. Senior author Professor Dieter Wolke from the University of Warwick's Department of Psychology, said: "Bullying by siblings has been until recently widely ignored as a trauma that may lead to serious mental health problems such as psychotic disorder. "Children spend substantial time with their siblings in the confinement of their family home and if bullied and excluded this can lead to social defeat and self-blame and serious mental health disorder as shown here for the first time." The researchers found that the more frequently children are involved in sibling bullying, either as bully, victim, or both, the more likely they were to develop a psychotic disorder.[181920]


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