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Amanda J White

Amanda J White

Mental Health Month

October is Mental Health Awareness Month sponsored by the Mental Health Commission of NSW. This years theme is 'Share the Journey' promoting positive social connections and relationships to increase health and wellbeing. This is to coincide with World Mental Health Day on 10th October. 

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Mental Health Week 2016

Mental Health Week is here! To celebrate, the ABC is again running its 'Mental As' campaign, showing a range of different TV programs this week to highlight mental health and its impacts on the individual, their families and the community. The ABC trailer and complete viewing guide can be found here. And don't forget World Mental Health day on October 10. This years message is that Mental Health begins with me, indicating that all of us have a responsibility to look after our own mental health and well being as well as to assist others who may require help with their mental health. 

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Training Influences Technique in Police Interrogations

New research published in Law and Human Behavior has investigated the types of interview training received by Police, the use of various interview techniques, and whether they employ different techniques with adult versus juvenile suspects in an American sample. Importantly, the research found that Police officers are more likely to use the same techniques when interviewing juveniles and adults.

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Dementia Awareness Month

Dementia Awareness Month!

Neurodegenetative disorders such as Alzheimer's Disease, Frontotemporal Dementia and dementia due to Lewy Body Disease affect an increasing number of individuals and their families. Recent research undertaken by Alzheimer's Australia has found that persons with dementia and their carers are significantly lonelier than the general population. So, not only do individuals suffer from a range of cognitive and functional impairment, they often feel lonely and isolated. 

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New diagnostic tool for measuring Psychopathy

Researchers from the University of Huddersfield, led by Dr Daniel Boduszek, have conducted a large scale study of maximum security prisoners to validate the use of the new Psychopathic Personality Traits Scale (PPTS), a 20-item self-report inventory, as a measure of psychopathy. The scale was administered along with six other well established measures. The important difference about the PPTS, according to Dr Boduszek, is that the scale does not rely on background factors such as criminal history, which can play a major role in other available diagnostic tools.  

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