Gathering strengths: Contexts that reduce aboriginal children's risk for mental health problems

Research indicates peer victimization among children occurs every seven minutes on the playground, and every 25 minutes in the classroom. Wendy Hoglund is investigating the effects of rumour spreading, hitting, and other types of victimization on First Nations children's healthy development in elementary school. She is examining how peer victimization affects areas such as mental health and academic competence. She is also assessing whether First Nations children in schools with more First Nations children and First Nations Programs, for example, experience less peer victimization and have better mental health, social, and academic outcomes than First Nations children in other school contexts. Wendy hopes this information will the development of preventative policies and programs to promote the health of First Nations children in Canada.