Caroline Lord

Teen body dissatisfaction predictor of adult depression - News

Dec 08, 2020

New research, published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, shows a credible link between adolescent body dissatisfaction and the onset of depression in adulthood. Young people who experienced dissatisfaction with their appearance faced an increased risk of depression in their early adult lives of between 50% to 285%. The trend was present in both male and female teens, with the likelihood of developing severe depression being much greater for boys. The University of West England, Bristol study used a population sample of nearly 4000 British adolescents born in the early 1990s. Participants were drawn from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC), which monitors the lives of individuals living in Somerset, England. Each individual was asked to rank their feelings about their physical appearance from 0 (extremely dissatisfied) to 5 (extremely satisfied). At age 14, … Read More

Māori and Pacific academics paid and promoted less - News

Dec 03, 2020

Glass ceilings are a reality for Māori and Pacific academics at New Zealand universities, according to new research. This group is already in the minority, making up just 5% and 2% respectively of the academic workforce, with less than 4% and 1% employed at professor level positions. These employment levels remained static between 2012 and 2017. The new study, published in MAI Journal, sheds light on these inequities using Performance-Based Research Fund (PBRF) data from 2003, 2012 and 2018. According to lead author, Dr Tara McAllister (Te Aitanga a Māhaki/Postdoctoral fellow at Te Pūnaha Matatini) the findings suggest a systemic problem that requires urgent attention. “Our data modelling showed that these inequities would either persist or increase over time. That is, current promotion practices will not close the gap in promotions and related earnings; suggesting the need for system-wide change,” … Read More