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A simple new questionnaire based on emoticon-style facial expressions could help teachers and others who work with children as young as four to engage them on their happiness and wellbeing levels in the classroom.
The How I Feel About My School (HIFAMS) questionnaire, designed by experts at the University of Exeter Medical School and supported by PenCLAHRC, is available to download for free. It uses emoticon-style faces with options of happy, ok or sad. The questionnaire asks children to rate how they feel in seven situations including on the way to school, in the classroom and in the playground. It is designed to...Read more
A team of Cochrane authors based in the UK and led by Dr Kerryn Husk from PenCLAHRC, have carried out a review investigating the health benefits of contact with the natural environment.
The team found that, whilst the majority of quantitative studies reported no effect on health and well-being, there was limited evidence to suggest positive effects on self-reported health, quality of life and physical activity levels. Small numbers of participants reported increased mental fatigue and greater feelings of anxiety.
The review comes at a time when there is growing research and policy interest in the potential for using the natural environment...Read more