»Children are born with enormous potential for development. It is our job to help them develop this potential – to empower them to seize opportunities and overcome difficulties.«

Dr. Babett Voigt

Developmental psychopathology


The systematic and prolonged bullying of individuals or groups of individuals is more widespread than is often assumed. Investigation of the long-term consequences of childhood bullying for the development of mental disorders is being conducted in this research group through large-scale studies of school populations and through experimental studies. These will lay the foundation for effective prevention and treatment studies.

SPOT Bullying: The Systematic Assessment, Primary Care and Knowledge of Children and Adolescents Affected by Peer Bullying

Principal Investigator and Team:

Prof. Dr. Silvia Schneider
Dr. Babett Voigt
M.Sc. Anna-Luisa Kranhold


FBZ Research Fund




The overarching aim of the project is to strengthen the understanding of bullying in children and adolescents with regard to four main points: (a) the validation of a screening tool to assess bullying efficiently, (b) children’s needs for primary care in the context of bullying and the current practices in primary care, (c) relations between bullying and mental health, and (d) the role of knowledge about bullying consequences for the prevention of bullying in school contexts.

The project consists of a series of studies, including online questionnaires and an intervention study in secondary schools. In the intervention study we explore whether increasing knowledge about the consequences of bullying reduces bullying behaviour. Findings of the project will have important implications for the care of those who are affected by bullying and the prevention of bullying among children and adolescents.