The social context of adolescent mental health and wellbeing: parents, friends and social media

Across measures of mental health and wellbeing, the findings of a new study showed that girls fared much worse than boys, particularly in experiencing negative feelings and low self-concept and life satisfaction and in self-harming | Research Papers in Education 

Abstract:

Concerns about mental health difficulties in young people, mid-adolescent girls in particular, are on the rise. Many explanations ranging from peer pressure and bullying, to social media and gender inequality, have been offered for the rise in mental health problems.

This study utilised data from the Millennium Cohort Study (Wave 6) to examine 14-year-olds’ mental health and wellbeing in relation to familial and peer interactions, gender, socio-economic factors and social media use.

girl-1710188_1920Across measures of mental health and wellbeing, the findings showed that girls fared much worse than boys, particularly in experiencing negative feelings and low self-concept and life satisfaction and in self-harming. Teenage girls appeared to have become the new ‘high risk’ group.

The findings from this study have implications for young people’s mental health and wellbeing especially as seen through the lens of income and gender inequality.

Given the current political concerns about young people’s mental health, this study is hoped to contribute to an informed debate about individual wellbeing within a broader social milieu.

Full article: Dimitra Hartas  | The social context of adolescent mental health and wellbeing: parents, friends and social media | Research Papers in Education | published online: 18 December 2019

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The state of medical education and practice in the UK

New publication from General Medical Council (GMC) reveals 45% of GPs work less than full time, and 36% have reduced their hours in the past year as report highlights doctors are making choices for a better work-life balance.

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This report highlights changing approaches to work-life balance and career development which impact on UK health services’ ability to plan for patient demand. Against a backdrop of rising workloads and the need to recruit and retain a sustainable medical workforce, the report finds doctors moving away from traditional career and training paths. Among notable trends is the rise in the number of doctors choosing to spend time working as a locum, practising medicine abroad, or even taking a year out, rather than going straight into specialty or GP training after the completion of their initial training.

Full report: The State Of Medical Education And Practice In The UK: 2019

See also: GMC press release: Doctors’ career choices a ‘new reality’ which health services cannot ignore

NHS priorities for the new government

Time to deliver: NHS priorities for the new government | NHS Confederation

This report reflects on the pledges made in the Conservative Party manifesto and sets out how NHS Confederation members believe they should be developed to provide a comprehensive programme of action for the new government.

It covers both the immediate actions needed and those that need to be delivered within the lifetime of this parliament, in five key areas: workforce, capital investment, social care, mental health and Brexit.

Full report: Time to deliver: NHS priorities for the new government

See also: Press release: NHS Confederation sets out actions for new government’s ‘top priority’

NHS England: Implementing routine outcome monitoring in specialist perinatal mental health services

NHS England | December  2019 | Implementing routine outcome monitoring in specialist perinatal mental health services

NHS England has released a new publication, which focuses on good practice examples, tools, tips and information to help perinatal mental health (PMH) services embed appropriate perinatal mental health outcomes measures at a local level, using outcome measures that are already part of the Mental Health Services Dataset (Source: NHS England).

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Implementing routine outcome monitoring in specialist perinatal mental health services

National Hip Fracture Database – 2019 Annual Report

Health Quality Improvement Partnership | December  2019| National Hip Fracture Database – 2019 Annual Report

The National Hip Fracture Database measures the quality of care for patients with hip fracture; it also functions as a clinical governance and quality improvement platform. 

This report describes the data from all 175 trauma unites of the care provided to 66,313 people who presented with hip fracture in 2018, representing over 95% of patients in the UK.

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The HQIP publication examines the quality of patient care using six key performance indicators along with analysis on using the NHFD to support quality improvement, understanding variation in performance and statistics on mortality and secondary prevention (Source: Health Quality Improvement Partnership)

National Hip Fracture Database – 2019 Annual Report Data from January to December 2018 

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