Playing on uneven playing fields: low income, parental stress and maternal depression

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Aggelos Stamos reviews a cross-sectional Canadian study that explores the links between low socioeconomic status, parental stress, maternal depression, and the mediating role of social capital in mothers.

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Parental involvement in CBT for anxiety disorders: a help or a hindrance?

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Lucy Purnell summarises a recent systematic review which finds little support for parental involvement in cognitive behavioural therapy for adolescent anxiety disorders.

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Mindfulness based childbirth and parenting: positive impact on stress and depression

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In her debut blog, Sophia Ahmed summarises an RCT which finds that Mindfulness based childbirth and parenting can help to reduce stress and depression in expectant mothers.

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Risk and protective factors for childhood suicide: thoughts, plans and behaviours

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In her debut blog, Ellen Townsend summarises a cohort study that explores the risk and protective factors for childhood suicidal thoughts and behaviours.

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Global pandemic: how do teenagers and families feel?

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Dafni Katsampa reflects on a new piece of qualitative research led by a 15 year old researcher, which focuses on teenagers’ experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic, and presents a set of recommendations for parents and families that cover mental wellbeing, the importance of routine, exercise and screen time.

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A little praise goes a long way, but too much may be harmful

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Asha Patel and Sal McKeown summarise a Dutch observational study of parents’ praise and children’s self-esteem. The research finds that parents’ inflated praise predicted lower self-esteem in children, and also predicted higher narcissism, but only in children with high self-esteem.

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Can PTSD in refugees affect their children’s well-being via harsher parenting styles?

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David Turgoose writes his debut elf blog on a longitudinal cohort study, which looks at the effect of post-traumatic stress disorder on refugees’ parenting and their children’s mental health.

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Parents and volunteers’ experiences of family support

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Jo Moriarty’s blog looks at parents and volunteers’ experiences of Home-Start, a family support programme, via the theoretical framework of liminality.

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Youth mental health research priorities: Right People, Right Questions #YoungPeopleMHQ

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Pooky Knightsmith summarises and discusses a brand new report from the McPin Foundation, which presents research priorities for children and young people’s mental health.

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Parental homelessness linked to increased risk of mental illness in offspring

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Dean Connolly explores a Danish register-based cohort study, which investigates the risk of mental health problems in offspring of parents with a history of homelessness during childhood and adolescence.

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