UK LS Roadshow 2015 – Scottish event presentations available to download!

On October 26th and 28th CALLS Hub hosted two exciting roadshow events in Aberdeen and Glasgow to promote the UK Census-based Longitudinal Studies. The events were well attended and feedback from the audience was very enthusiastic! It was great to be able to share our excitement about the potential of the datasets.

The first part of our Roadshows showcased some of the different types of research that the Scottish Longitudinal Study has been used for, and you can download the slides here:

Protective effects of nurses’ health literacy: evidence from the Scottish Longitudinal Study

Dr Ian Atherton, Edinburgh Napier University

NEETs in Scotland: a longitudinal analysis of health effects of NEET experience (PDF 5MB)

Dr Zhiqiang Feng, University of Edinburgh

Population Ageing in Scotland: Implications for Healthcare Expenditure Projections (PDF 312kB)

Dr Claudia Geue, University of Glasgow

How spatial segregation changes over time: sorting out the sorting processes (PDF 285kB)

Prof Nick Bailey, University of Glasgow

Using the Scottish Longitudinal Study to analyse social inequalities in school subject choice (PDF 766kB)

Prof Cristina Ianelli, University of Edinburgh

Inequalities in young adults’ access to home-ownership in Scotland: a widening gap? (PDF 1MB)

Prof Elspeth Graham, University of St Andrews

Fiona Cox, CALLS Hub

Results from an SLS-based study have been featured in several news outlets this week including Medical News Today, Oncology Nurse Advisor and Science Daily.

Hannah Dale and colleagues from the University of St Andrews have found some key markers for vulnerability to psychological problems in men experiencing cancer. Their results were presented at the Annual Conference of the British Psychological Society’s Division of Clinical Psychology in Glasgow on Dec 3rd 2014.

For their research, a group of 127 men aged 18 and over with a cancer diagnosis were recruited through the National Health Service and cancer charities between April 2009 and April 2011.

The participants were assessed for demographic factors, social support, anxiety and depression, and distress (Distress Thermometer). Data for cancer patients from the Scottish Longitudinal Study were examined to make sure the sample was representative of men with cancer as a whole.

The findings indicated that participants who were separated and divorced had lower social support and greater depression. Younger age was related to higher anxiety, and distress. Living in an area of higher deprivation indicated greater depression and anxiety. Social support was also a key indicator of psychological health.

Given these findings, they say it is important to target those at greatest risk of psychological problems following a diagnosis of cancer for psychosocial support.

Hannah Dale says:

“Men typically have smaller networks than women and often rely on their wives for support. Some men who are separated or divorced lack such support, which can leave them more vulnerable to depression.

“Other findings suggest that age and living in an area of higher deprivation are associated with men with cancer being more vulnerable to poor psychosocial health. More research is needed to confirm these findings, but this study highlights an area that has historically been neglected in the literature.”

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