27 Aug 2015

Embrace emotions in social work, says academic

Rather than burying their own emotions, social workers should embrace and reflect upon them in order to provide better support for the vulnerable people they work with, according to a new book by a University of Dundee researcher. Dr Richard Ingram is Senior Lecturer and Associate Dean within the University’s School of Education & Social Work. His book, ‘Understanding Emotions in Social Work: Theory, Practice and Reflection’ is aimed at addressing a gap in current social work research. Most current social work literature focuses on theory, legislation and quantitative evidence but Dr ...

Embrace emotions in social work, says academic

26 Aug 2015

Report calls for improved support for young adults with life-limiting conditions.

A new report compiled for Children’s Hospice Association Scotland calls for the need for improved training and ongoing support for young adults living with life-limiting conditions, their families and health and social care professionals. The report was commissioned by Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS) to understand the life transitions of young adults with life-limiting conditions and their families. It found that the medical conditions of the young adults impacted on other aspects of their lives, such as aspirations and plans for the future, including education, employment and re...

17 Aug 2015

Group identifications reduce mental health problems in teenagers

Teenagers who fail to identify with their family, school and friends are more than four times likely to suffer mental health problems as peers who interact positively with these social groups, according to research from the University of Dundee. The research team, led by Psychology PhD student Kirsty Miller, surveyed more than 1000 high school pupils from the Fife area. The results showed that group identification protects against psychological disturbance and that levels of identification with family, school and friendship groups predicts symptoms of mental ill-health amongst teenagers. The paper, publish...

Group identifications reduce mental health problems in teenagers

13 Aug 2015

Multilateral action required to prevent economic and ecological damage of invasive species

Invasive alien species (IAS) cost the UK and Irish economies almost £7 billion each year, according to new research from the University of Dundee. Tony Jackson, an Honorary Research Fellow in the University’s School of Social Sciences, calculated the damages to the use and non-use values of ecosystem services caused by alien species using evidence from a recent study undertaken for the Republic of Ireland and the Northern Ireland. His paper, published in the International Journal of Sustainable Society, shows the figure for economic damage dwarfs the sum spent by the British and Irish governmen...

Multilateral action required to prevent economic and ecological damage of invasive species

12 Aug 2015

Rock climbers consistently risking injury and pain to maximise performance

Rock climbers are routinely putting themselves at risk of pain and injury by wearing footwear several sizes too small for them, according to new research from the University of Dundee. It had been known for many years that some rock climbers wore ill-fitting and excessively tight footwear during climbing activity in order to maximise performance on small grips but scant evidence existed regarding the extent or harm of this practice. The Dundee research found that footwear deemed significantly ill-fitting was found in 55 out of 56 rock climbers. Foot pain during activity was also commonplace in 91 per cent ...

Rock climbers consistently risking injury and pain to maximise performance