September bulletin 2017

Welcome to our SCPHRP monthly update – September Bulletin 2017

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  • Welcome to our new PhD students


Mary Allison is co-supervised by Ailsa Niven (PAHRC) and SCPHRPs Ruth Jepson and will be undertaking a PhD on Workplace Step Count Challenges.
Mary’s on twitter @MaryWestview
 
Gosaye Fida is co-supervised by Ruth and Charlotte Clarke (Health in Social Sciences), and will be undertaking a PhD around the National Diabetes Prevention Programme.
 
 

  • UPDATE from Greig Inglis

On 1st September SCPHRPs Greig presented some early work on public attitudes toward income inequality at the British Psychological Society’s Annual Social Psychology Conference in Leicester. The title of the presentation was “Causal attributions of poverty and wealth both predict support for income redistribution in the UK.”
Last week Greig was invited to contribute to a day-long session on social justice for undergraduate students in Education. He delivered four workshops throughout the day to trainee teachers on child poverty, health inequalities and education. The sessions were well received and generated a lot of interest amongst the students. He’ll be following up on this work with some more activities in the future, including a full lecture to Education students in the new year.

  • UPDATE from Jan Pringle

SCPHRP’s systematic reviewer Jan has been invited to present a poster at the Public Health Science conference in London on 24th Nov. The poster will highlight a review of early learning and childcare, carried out with colleagues from NHS Health Scotland, as part of the PHEN collaboration (Public Health Evidence Network). The particular focus of the review was on parental outcomes, and the conference will be an excellent forum to showcase the collaboration. The study abstract will be published in the Lancet around the same time as the conference
Jan also had the adolescent sexual behaviour paper published last month in Cogent Social Sciences. The title is: The physiology of adolescent sexual behaviour: a systematic review.

  • UPDATE from Audrey Buelo

Audrey, SCPHRPs new PhD student, attended the European Respiratory Society Congress in Milan in mid-September to present the results of a systematic review she conducted last fall with the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research.
The project, supervised by Professor Hilary Pinnock, was a systematic review of risk factors associated with asthma attacks in children with asthma. The abstract was one of seven abstracts allocated to an oral presentation, out of over 90 abstracts submitted for the Primary Care session at the conference. Audrey presented the research to over 300 clinicians and researchers at the session. The talk was very well-received and people were especially interested in the clinical applications of understanding these risk factors.

  • Forest School Project

Girls experiences of Forest School: A qualitative evaluation of the impacts of a Forest School personal development programme for 12-13 year-old girls upon wellbeing, resilience, and community outcomes.
The project has been designed in collaboration with the Nature Unlimited staff, who requested the data collection and study in order to rigorously evaluate their programme and intervention. Adolescent girls who are taking part in the Forest School development program will be interviewed by the primary researcher, Jillian Manner.
 
 
 

  • EVENT: Natural benefits: human-nature relationships in the contemporary world

Have you built a woodland den recently? When was the last time you walked barefoot through the grass? Do you let your children climb trees?
24 October 6.30pm – 8.00pm at George Square Lecture Theatre, The University of Edinburgh, George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9LD. Read more and register..
 

  • See Me Scotland PRESS RELEASE

THE HEADS of the Scottish health and social care services have come together for the first time to look at how to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination in the sector.
See Me say that mental health is not treated equally to physical health, which can lead to people experiencing stigma and discrimination, or having mental health needs neglected when experiencing problems with their physical health.
To change this, representatives at the event discussed how to ensure health and social care professionals are equipped to look after the whole person and treat physical and mental health together, providing the parity the Scottish Government aims to achieve in the new Mental Health Strategy.
 

  • CHILDREN IN SCOTLAND

SCPHRP’s Hannah Biggs and Alexandra Blair attended Children in Scotland’s (CIS) Networking Event on September 19, 2017 at Dovecot Studios (Edinburgh). Over the course of the evening, CIS unveiled their new branding and premiered a short film outlining their vision.
 
 

  • CHILDREN IN SCOTLAND Annual Conference 2017 – 8 & 9 Nov at Murryfield Stadium

Children in Scotland annual children’s sector flagship event is a unique opportunity for those who work within the sector to meet, network, learn and debate the key issues facing the sector today.
This year, they’ll be asking – if not you, then who? You’ll have the opportunity to explore, discuss and plan how you can make a positive difference to the lives of the children and young people you work with. Read more and register..
 

 
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Forest School Project

What we did: Spending time in Forest Schools may have an influence the health of teenagers and how they feel. This study aimed to find out girls experiences of the Nature Unlimited programme. The primary researcher (Jillian Manner) interviewed Forest School participants this past fall in order to understand their experiences in the program. The study involved one-to-one interviews with eight of the participants and focused on perceived changes to their wellbeing, resilience, and sense of community since starting the programme.

What we found: Six themes emerged from the interviews; wellbeing and mental health, resilience, community and social interaction, learning, perception of forest school and favourite and least favourite aspects of the programme and suggested improvements. Most participants felt the programme had a positive effect on their mood, confidence, social skills and relationships and these changes went beyond the Forest School setting.

What this means: This research provides preliminary evidence of the importance of Forest School programmes, such as the one provided by Nature Unlimited, in fostering positive changes in mood, social skills, confidence and relationships for teenage girls.

What’s next: The findings have been submitted to a journal for publication and should hopefully be available soon.

If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact Jillian Manner at jillian.manner@ed.ac.uk

Forest School based sessions across the Scottish Borders. Forest School and outdoor learning programmes have been shown to play a significant role in improving mental and physical health. Participants take part in weekly sessions run in the Forest School woodland area, where they participate in nature based activities based upon their interests, such as craft, traditional skills, and photography.

The study has been designed in collaboration with the Nature Unlimited staff, who requested the data collection and study in order to rigorously evaluate their programme and intervention. Adolescent girls who are taking part in the Forest School development program will be interviewed by the primary researcher, Jillian Manner. SCPHRPs Larry DoiRuth Jepson and Yvonne Laird are also involved with the study.

Nature Unlimited Website:
http://www.natureunlimited.scot/
Nature Unlimited Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/natureunlimitedscotland/

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