COVID-19: Casting forward the shadow

For various reasons, including cultural and socioeconomic factors, parents of children with intellectual disability have been shown to be at a greater risk of developing psychological disorders. In this study, Baker et al. investigate the well-being of caregivers in that context.

While turning on the TV or radio to hear about other countries’ COVID-19 experiences is likely to be more of a home rather than work activity, there is also some value in thinking about this professionally. Fortunately, some people have done lots of the heavy lifting for us, by working collaboratively to share their thinking. [read the full story…]

Conspiracy theories and coronavirus: one in four people “endorse unequivocally false ideas about the pandemic”

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Ian Cummins considers the findings of a survey study published in May 2020 on coronavirus conspiracy beliefs, mistrust, and compliance with government guidelines in England.

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The global drug problem: who cares? #LxAddictions19

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Ian Hamilton shares his thoughts on the new Drug Use series published yesterday in The Lancet: The global drug problem – change but not progression.

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Trying targets: did Local Area Agreements support social cohesion?

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Jenny Fisher asks if the Local Area Agreement policy intervention and associated targets helped with social cohesion and offers useful pointers for further reading on the topic.

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How do policy makers use research evidence?

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Mike Clark, a man who’s in the business of research and evidence based practice, looks at an Australian study about policy makers’ use of research evidence. He discovers what some of the cultural and practical barriers are and thinks about the UK context.

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