Older children’s mental health is more likely to be affected by divorce
January 18, 2019
The study found that the older a child is at the time of the parental separation the more likely they are to develop a mental health problem, the Telegraph reports.
Co-author of the study, Professor Emla Fitzsimons, said: ‘Family splits occurring in late, but not early, childhood are detrimental to adolescent mental health. One possible reason for this is that children are more sensitive to relationship dynamics at this age.’
If older children are more likely to develop mental health problems after a split should parents stay together for the sake of their children?
‘Sandwich carers’ are suffering more with depression and anxiety than the general population
Official figures reported in the Telegraph found that 27% of individuals caring for both an elderly relative and a child believe their mental health has been impacted. With more than 1.3 million people in the UK now ‘sandwich carers’ will this become a growing issue?
What are dating apps doing to our mental health?
UKCP psychotherapist Denise Dunne comments on the addictive nature of serial swiping and gives her advice on how we can end the vicious cycle of social media misuse in the latest episode of BBC Stories, Like Minds series.
University warns students of the effect of social media on mental health
De Montfort University, in Leicester, are undergoing a ‘digital detox’ for a few days to encourage students to stop over-engaging with social media and put their mental health first, the BBC reports.
Researchers at the university said: ‘This will give people the chance to explore what sort of things that they are missing out on when they are engaged in social media and will encourage them to engage with people face to face.’
Should you trust an app with your mental health?
UKCP psychotherapist Hilda Burke features in Forbes magazine, where she highlights the irony of using apps to help relieve mental health symptoms when the increase used of smartphones has been linked to the rise in mental health problems.
She says: ‘Many of these apps are built to be addictive, so there is a risk of becoming dependent on the very apps that were supposed to help you.’