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Excluding children from school may lead to long-term psychiatric problems and psychological distress, a study of thousands of children has shown. Research by the University of Exeter, published in the journal Psychological Medicine this month, found that a new onset mental disorder may be a consequence of exclusion from school.
The analysis by a team led by Professor Tamsin Ford of responses from over 5,000 school-aged children, their parents and their teachers, found that children with learning difficulties and mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, ADHD and autism spectrum conditions were more likely to be excluded from the classroom.
The study is...Read more
A PenCLAHRC-supported study has found that young people who self-harm only seek emergency hospital care as a last resort due to a deep sense of shame and unworthiness.
The research, published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, shows that young people who self-harm avoid Accident and Emergency departments wherever possible. They say they have received punitive treatment from staff, and these experiences perpetuate a cycle of shame, avoidance and further self-harm.
Dr Christabel Owens and co-authors Lorraine Hansford, Professor Tamsin Ford, and Dr Siobhan Sharkey, found that young people who self-harm visit A&E only when their injuries are too serious to manage...Read more
In the UK, it is estimated that more than 500,000 children under the age of 18, suffer from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Characterised by a lack of attention, hyperactivity and impulsivity, ADHD can cause academic impairment, social dysfunction and low self-esteem.
Professor Tamsin Ford has been awarded an NIHR grant of £800,000 to conduct research to help people suffering with ADHD transitition from child services to adult services. The project plans to explore the current options for young people with ADHD when they are too old to stay within children’s services.
ADHD is generally seen as a developmental disorder in children,...Read more