Publication in British Psychological Society’s ‘Educational and Child Psychology’ Special Issue

I have recently had some more of my PhD research published in a special edition of the BPS’ ‘Educational and Child Psychology’ journal. The theme of the edition was ‘Research in Schools’ and my article highlighted the importance of identification with the school for young people’s psychological wellbeing.

Specifically, we found that identification with (or attachment to) the school helped protect young people from developing psychological problems up to one year later. In contrast, identification with other groups did not have a significant impact on the young people’s mental health.

These findings highlight the unique position that education practitioners are in to influence, and protect, young people’s psychological wellbeing. This knowledge is worth capitalising upon, particularly given the current emphasis on Health and Wellbeing in the Curriculum for Excellence, as well as the SNP government’s commitment to¬†improving young people’s mental health.

To view the paper, please see:

Miller, K., Wakefield, J. R. H., & Sani, F. (2018). Identification with the school predicts better mental health amongst high school students over time. Educational and Child Psychology Special Edition, 35 (2), 21-30.

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/328942485_Identification_with_the_school_predicts_better_mental_health_amongst_high_school_students_over_time

 

Anxiety chat with The Kilted Coaches

I was lucky enough to have a chat with local YouTube sensations, The Kilted Coaches today. The boys had spoken a little about their experiences with anxiety, and had had a great response from their viewers, so we thought it would be good to talk about it in a little more depth.

I was delighted to be involved with this because mental health can still be a tough thing to talk about, especially for men. I think it was incredibly brave for Rab and Stephen to discuss their experiences so openly and candidly. We had some fantastic comments, and I really hope that our discussion will help others to open up about their mental health too…