Children and Family

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This event comprises four talks and a panel discussion and is hosted by BPS Northern Ireland Branch to celebrate World Mental Health Day 2016.

Programme information

6:00pm

Mental Health First Aid

Ms Helen Gibson Public Health Agency

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This is a joint event organised by BPS NI Branch, DCP NI Branch and Queen's University Belfast School of Psychology in support of World Mental Health Day. This event will be of interest to people working in public health and education settings, people with an interest in issues of social justice, and those interested in current affairs.

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Babies who are only four months old have a sense of humour, suggests research that was to have been presented to our Developmental Psychology Section's annual conference today.
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Engaging in fantasy play could benefit creative thinking in children suggests a study presented today at the British Psychological Society's Developmental Psychology Section annual conference.

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Features in non-fiction children’s books such as lift-the-flap may hinder toddlers from learning new words suggests a study presented this week at the British Psychological Society Developmental Psychology Section's annual conference.

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When the dreadful news arrives that a child has cancer, understandably the focus of parents and health professionals turns to supporting the sick child as best they can. But also caught up in the nightmare are the child’s siblings. Not only will they likely be consumed by shock and fear, but they must adapt to the cancer journey the whole family has to embark on.

Official health guidance here in the UK and in the USA states that it’s important to provide support to the siblings of children with cancer. Yet the reality is we know relatively little about their experience.

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Children understand the risks of approaching an angry dog but they are unaware that they should show the same caution around frightened dogs says a study presented to the British Psychological Society's Developmental Psychology Section's annual conference today.

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Can we form memories when we are very young? Humans and non-humans alike show an “infantile amnesic period” – we have no memory of anything that happens during this time (usually up to age three or four in humans) which might suggest we can’t form very early memories.

But of course it might be that we can form memories in these early years, it’s just that they are later forgotten. 

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Gossiping is a serious business because it helps us keep track of who to trust and who to avoid.

To count as proper gossip, you have to give someone else new information about a third-party. That’s effectively what’s happening when a friend begins a sentence: “You wouldn’t believe what [insert name] did the other day …” – their anecdote is giving you precious information about the reputations of the people involved. J

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I have to confess a personal interest. In a few days time, my son, like many thousands of others, will be going to university. Distressingly, this means beginning what may well be a lifetime of debt. The psychological consequences are potentially serious.

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The evolution of children’s rights and the landscape of the child in 20th-century Britain are among the subjects to be discussed at the latest of our popular Stories of Psychology events.

‘With Childhood in Mind’ will take place in London on Thursday 6 October 2016.

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Today is the last chance to take advantage of a discounted rate for our 2016 Developmental Psychology Section annual conference in Belfast (14 to 16 September).

The conference has a high quality programme including lectures from distinguished keynote speakers, oral presentations, symposia, workshops and interactive poster presentations. There are also plenty of opportunities to socialise and enjoy meeting new contacts including a visit to Titanic Belfast for the conference dinner.

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In the 1950s, the American psychologist Harry Harlow famously showed that rhesus monkeys would rather cling to a surrogate wire mother covered in cosy cloth, than to one that provided milk. A loving touch is more important even than food, the findings seemed to show.

Around the same time, the British psychoanalyst John Bowlby documented how human children deprived of motherly contact often go on to develop psychological problems.

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The key things that 21st century parents need to know about babies’ brain development will be the subject of a free public lecture in Belfast on 13 September by Dr Suzanne Zeedyk.

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In Western democracies, young adults are living with their parents for longer, spending more time in education and delaying having children. So much so that some commentators have suggested that we need a new term, such as "emerging adulthood", to describe the phase of life between late adolescence and true adulthood.

Adding to this picture, a new cross-generational study of hundreds of undergraduates at two US universities finds that students today are more anxious about growing up and maturing than students from previous generations.

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A new study has interviewed 135 people in 10 different occupations to explore times when work was meaningful or meaningless.

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Earlier this year, the NSPCC’s ‘It’s Time’ campaign called for significant improvements in therapeutic support for children who have experienced abuse or neglect.

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A one-day symposium to mark the publication of the British Psychological Society’s new guidance document on the management of disclosures of non-recent (historic) child sexual abuse was held in Oxford this week.

The new guidance can be downloaded from this website.

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Do boys prefer playing with trucks and balls, while girls prefer dolls, because they are socialised from an early age to play this way, or do their play habits reflect innate differences in interests between the sexes? 

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Highly experienced expert witnesses will give practical advice on effective practice to reduce the anxiety of those wishing to consider this vital work.

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If you live in Northern Ireland and are thinking of a career as a health psychologist, then you may be interested in a free seminar being held at Queen’s University Belfast on Wednesday 29 June.

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The Annual Conference for Educational Psychologists in Scotland is looking for workshops that reflect this year’s themes.

Those themes are:

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Child Abuse is a significant issue which requires practitioners and agencies to work together if those affected are to receive the support and protection that they need.

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During the 1990s, groundbreaking work by psychologists demonstrated that human memory is flexible and vulnerable and that it’s very easy for people to experience “false memories” that feel real, but which are actually a fiction. 

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A clear and structured introduction to a number of current professional and ethical issues likely to be encountered within psychological practice

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