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Are smartphones causing two year olds to develop mental health problems?

November 7, 2018

By: Jenna Rachid

Are smartphones causing two year olds to develop mental health problems?

New research has suggested that spending time on smartphones and tablets could cause mental health problems for users as young as two, the Independent reports.

The study of 40,000 children, in the US, aged two to 17 was published in the Preventative Medicine Reports. Researchers found that after one hour children and young people can become less curious, have lower self-control and show signs of emotional instability.

Nursery school children that frequently used devices were ‘twice as likely to lose their temper.’

Authors of the study, Professor Jean Twenge and Professor Keith Campbell, are urging parents and teachers to reduce the time children spend using devices.

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Discover the deeper meaning of stories 

UKCP member Dr Christina Moutsou is running a workshop that aims to explore the deeper meaning of story-telling within psychotherapy.

According to the Punchlinethe stories we tell play an important part in the therapeutic relationship.

The training event, based on Moutsou’s new book, seeks to show the role stories play in facilitating change and personal growth.

Speaking to Punchline, Moutsou said: ‘Stories give us the opportunity to explore intimate relationships and their transformative power.’

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