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Dr Andrea Krott

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The relationship between childhood bilingualism and wellbeing


Bilingualism in childhood leads to cognitive and social skills advantages (e.g., Theory of Mind) as well as benefits in wellbeing (e.g. lower levels of anxiety, loneliness, sadness). This project will study how bilingualism enhances children’s wellbeing, exploring links to cognitive and social skills advantages and cultural differences.  It will investigate these links in existing UK cohort databases (e.g., ALSPAC). Findings will be further explored in an experimental study, comparing monolingual and bilingual children on measures of wellbeing and mental health, cognitive and social skills. Results are important to support wellbeing in both bilingual and monolingual children.


Children, Young People, and Perinatal Mental Health


University of Birmingham