Minority stress and self-esteem: the thoughts of sexual minority young adults

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Andie Ashdown and Theophanis Kyriacou consider a qualitative study on sexual minority youth perspectives on minority stress and factors negatively affecting self-esteem.

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School based humanistic counselling: a little better than pastoral care, but more expensive

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In her debut blog, Annie Stevenson reports on an RCT finding that school-based humanistic counselling reduces psychological distress, but is not cost-effective.

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Is there a link between sexual harassment and eating disorder symptoms?

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Andie Ashdown summarises a systematic review and meta-analysis which finds a relationship between sexual harrassment and eating disorder symptomatology.

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Should schools use peer mentoring for mental health? New review highlights how little we know

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Lucinda Powell summarises a review which finds little evidence to support the use of peer mentoring in schools to improve mental wellbeing.

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What problems do primary school children bring to counselling?

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Julia Badger summarises a study which found that primary aged school children had different reasons for attending counselling to secondary school children.

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Assessing digital risk: a mixed-methods study assessing psychiatry trainee’s experiences, views and understanding

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Georgie Parker reviews a mixed-methods study exploring psychiatry trainees understanding, experience of and competence assessing and managing digital risk.

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Can reducing loneliness help to alleviate or prevent anxiety or depression in young people? #ActiveIngredientsMH

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Anton Käll summarises a recent RCT of mindfulness training to reduce loneliness and increase social contact.

Ellie Pearce then shares her recent Wellcome Trust funded #ActiveIngredientsMH review, which looked into reducing loneliness as a potential active ingredient in both alleviating and preventing anxiety and depression in young people.

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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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Is too much screen time bad for our children? Perhaps, but how much do we really know?

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David Turgoose explores a systematic review of reviews that looks at the effects of screen time on the health and well-being of children and adolescents. The review found that higher levels of screen time were related to some physical and mental health concerns, such as poor diet, obesity and depression.

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