Loneliness “from the outside”: how are lonely young people perceived by others?


In her debut blog, Phoebe McKenna-Plumley explores a mixed methods study of young people, which finds concordance between self-reported loneliness and others’ perceptions of loneliness.

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Not all wealth is health: how does parental wealth affect children’s cognitive ability, mental and physical health?


Vishal Bhavsar reviews a cohort study which finds that greater parental housing wealth was associated with fewer emotional and behavioural problems in children.

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Violence and mental illness: does ignoring this blog stigmatise some people who need our help?


In his debut blog, Joseph Schwartz explores a systematic review finding that a range of psychiatric disorders are associated with an elevated risk of violence.

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In harm’s way: psychiatric diagnosis and risks of being subjected to and perpetrating violence


Sarah Steeg discusses a cohort study finding that people with a psychiatric diagnosis are 3-4 times more likely to be a victim or perpetrator of violence.

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Self-harm in young people: how can we support parents and families?


Olivia Kirtley summarises an important new qualitative study that explores the impact of self-harm in young people on their parents and families.

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Bipolar disorder and leadership: evidence from a total population study


Elena Marcus writes her debut blog on a total population study that finds some interesting associations between bipolar disorder and leadership potential, executive roles and political professions.

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Experience of adolescent siblings of brothers with autism spectrum disorder explored


The authors of this qualitative study were interested in looking at the experiences of growing up with a brother or sister with an autism spectrum disorder from the perspective of their siblings. What they did was carry out a number of semi-structured interviews with 12 typically developing adolescents who had a brother with an autism [read the full story…]

The role of siblings in children’s mental health

Brother and sister

When you were young(er), did you also engage in personality predictions with your peers based on order in the family? For example, that the oldest of three siblings would be the bossiest and the youngest the most spoiled? Almost everyone (90% of us) have one or more siblings. And we know they play an important role [read the full story…]

Better understanding of caregiving intentions of siblings will enable better support to be provided


Older families, where people with learning disabilities live with parents, brothers or sisters over 65, may need more support as they get older.  As life expectancy for people with learning disabilities is it may be that increasingly, siblings will assume responsibility for care. The researchers in this study were interested to look at what factors [read the full story…]

Lack of activity for adults with learning disability also impacts on siblings


Ten years ago, the Mencap campaigns team produced a document setting out the lack of activity for many people with learning disabilities, A Life in the Day, Campaigns Team, Mencap, February 2002.) This continues to be a concern today for many. This US study responded to the concerns expressed by parents and professionals about the [read the full story…]