Children in deprived areas encounter shops selling tobacco six times more frequently than those in well-off areas.
Tue, 23 Jul 2019 11:22:00 BST
ASSIST Global: Can we implement and research a schools-based smoking prevention intervention, developed in the UK, in a range of low- and middle-income countries?
Fri, 05 Jul 2019 11:56:00 BST
Between 20th and 24th May 2019, an international group including representatives from East Asia (China), South-east Asia (Indonesia and the Philippines), Eastern Europe (Moldova) and the UK (England and Scotland), met at the University of Glasgow.
Thu, 21 Mar 2019 08:11:00 GMT
In a European-wide study of 63,554 people from 66 cities in 28 countries, we found links between urban design and levels of inequality in life satisfaction. This is the first study to theorise and examine how the entire urban landscape may affect levels of and inequalities in wellbeing in a large international sample.
Thu, 07 Mar 2019 11:45:00 GMT
In this blog, Dr Linsay Gray shares her experiences participating in the inception meeting and launch event of the Global Challenges Research Fund ARISE Hub on Accountability in Urban Health which took place in Nairobi, Kenya from 12th–15th February 2019.
Fri, 25 Jan 2019 14:15:00 GMT
Nicola Smith is a paediatric research nurse who has been working with the Trial for Healthy Relationship Initiatives for the Very Early Years (THRIVE) at the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit for the past three years. In this blog, she shares her experiences of the research process.
Sat, 01 Dec 2018 14:12:00 GMT
One in eight children and young people experience mental health problems and the majority of these have onset before their mid-twenties. Yet, 70% of young people have not had the appropriate intervention that they need. We believe that there is a different, solution-focused approach - one that seeks to understand young people’s strengths, assets and resiliences, which we can draw on to improve health.
Mon, 22 Oct 2018 10:08:00 BST
Did you know that every year, fewer teenagers are getting pregnant? Across England, Wales and Scotland rates of teenage pregnancy have been dropping since about the turn of the millennium. Rates have halved amongst 15-17-year-olds, and dropped quite a bit even for older teenagers, who might not necessarily be avoiding getting pregnant.
Mon, 15 Oct 2018 12:34:00 BST
This blog explores a key question in neighbourhood and health research: if there is a facility or amenity close to someone’s home, is it OK to assume they use it? Surprisingly, this assumption is at the heart of a lot of health and environment research.
What has science ever done for our sex lives? Exploring social science’s contribution to sex research at the Pint of Science festival
Mon, 30 Jul 2018 16:00:00 BST
When you research sex for a living, conversations in the pub often come around to your work. But recently we spent a night talking about sex in the pub, not just with a group of friends, but as part of a sold-out evening at the Pint of Science festival here in Glasgow.
Sat, 06 Oct 2018 15:57:00 BST
Last month, along with a merry band of SPHSU PhD students, I attended the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (SGSSS) summer school. I am confident in speaking for us all by saying that we had a great time. Over the course of the week we took on board a wealth of information related to the PhD journey, both in terms of knowledge specific to each of our PhDs, and more broadly about the ups and downs of pursuing a PhD.
Wed, 24 Jan 2018 15:52:00 GMT
Two PhD students at the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, Lauren Elsie White and Karl Ferguson, recently spent three months with the Scottish Government. Both their internships focused on the Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) programme in Scotland in which specially trained nurses work with first-time teenage mothers to develop their parenting capacity and support them to make positive choices for themselves and their children.
Changing places and mental health: do changes in perceptions of neighbourhood influence anxiety and depression in adults?
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 15:47:00 GMT
Mental health problems are a global issue. In 2013 over 615 million individuals suffered from anxiety and/or depression across the world, a rise of 50% since 1990. How people experience their local environment can impact on mental health. Living in areas that are perceived to have higher levels of neighbourhood problems such as poor housing quality, limited amounts of greenspace, industrial activity, and high traffic volume, has been linked to poorer mental health by some research studies.
Tue, 31 Oct 2017 15:34:00 GMT
Unit PhD student Megan McMinn is in her third year of her postgraduate studies and recently worked at the Scottish Government as part of an internship organised through the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science. Megan explains her experience working alongside analysts working at the heart of government.
Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:28:00 BST
Are you curious about health in Scotland? Maybe you’d like to know how trendy vaping really is or wonder if teetotallers are a thing of the past. The latest Scottish Health Survey findings have just been published, providing answers to many such questions.
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:24:00 BST
Young people make life-changing decisions as they move from youth into adulthood. Often this means taking on new roles as employees, parents, or living with a partner. Over the past few decades more and more young people have been staying on in education after compulsory schooling and, of course, getting more young people into education continues to be declared as a policy goal.
Mon, 20 Mar 2017 15:12:00 GMT
It is now said that one in two people in Great Britain will be diagnosed with cancer during their lifetime. Half of us. A startling figure that refocuses efforts to address how and why people may engage in behaviours that could increase their risk of developing a form of the disease.
Tue, 20 Sep 2016 13:45:00 BST
Blog by Dr Linsay Gray, Senior Investigator Scientist for Measurement and analysis of socioeconomic inequalities in health, MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit and Diarmid Campbell-Jack, Research Director (Health), ScotCen Social Research
Mon, 19 Sep 2016 13:41:00 BST
A month ago, we launched Understanding Health Research, an online resource designed to help guide non-scientists through the process of understanding and appraising a piece of published health research.
Thu, 15 Sep 2016 13:07:00 BST
I have been inspired by a wonderful evening at a recent parliamentary reception I was invited to take part in celebrating the Year of the Dad at the Scottish Parliament. The event, sponsored by MSP Gordon MacDonald, launched a DVD of the young dads currently in Polmont Young Offenders Institution, dressed as characters from the children’s story The Gruffalo and talking about what fatherhood means to them.
Wed, 03 Aug 2016 13:02:00 BST
Dr Lisa McDaid, Programme Leader for Social Relationships and Health Improvement, MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit and Professor Paul Flowers, MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit offer some critical reflections from their joint research.
Mon, 01 Aug 2016 12:48:00 BST
You’re probably one of the 76% of UK adults that own a smartphone. Like more than half of us, do you also reach to check your phone within 5 minutes of waking? I do. Before leaving for work I typically check the news, text messages, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Once on the bus to work I then check work emails and calendar appointments, mentally forming a plan of action for the day ahead.