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Channel 9 News: Children as young as eight affected by poor body image

Channel 9 reports on the latest CATS research, highlighting that children as young as eight years old are unsatisfied with their bodies.

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Channel 7 News: Children as young as 8 are battling poor body image

Hear Dr Libby Hughes and some CATS participants talk about poor perceptions of body image in young children.

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The Age: Poor body image starts to develop as young as eight

The Age reports on recent research out of CATS, showing that body image pressures begin as young as eight years old.

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ABC Breakfast Radio Perth: Preventing bullying in the future

Dr Lisa Mundy speaks to Peter Bell & Paula Kruger about using recent CATS research to prevent bullying in the future. *Link unavailable*

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Mornings with Jon Faine: Friends and mental health

Dr Lisa Mundy speaks with Jon Faine about how having a group of friends can protect the mental health of a bullied child.

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Friends in need are friends indeed

School bullying is depressingly common but having a group of friends, not just a single “bestie”, may bolster a child’s resilience.

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The Age: Year 3 boys fall behind in maths and reading

One in five grade three boys have emotional or behavioural problems, putting their academic performance a year behind their peers.

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AM with Sabra Lane: ABC Radio Canberra

David Taylor reports on the impact of emotional problems in boys, relating to their academic performance and development.

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ABC News: Emotional and behavioural problems in primary school aged boys

Dr Lisa Mundy talks to ABC News about new evidence that one in five primary school-aged boys exhibit emotional problems.

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CATS: The Childhood to Adolescence Transition Study

Students in Grades 3 to 5 who reported feeling good about themselves and positive about their health in the future, were 2.5 times more likely to be engaged with school.

Focusing on the wellbeing of all students from a younger age, could help increase school engagement.

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We have now received 70% of CATS questionnaires back for Wave 7!! Thanks so much to all our participants for their ongoing support.

If you haven't had the chance to complete your questionnaire, there is still time! Give us a call on 9345 6732 or send us an email at cats@mcri.edu.au

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3 weeks ago

CATS: The Childhood to Adolescence Transition Study

This week we farewell the lovely Dr Eliza Miller, who has done a wonderful job of running CATS this past year.

We wish you every success in the future, and the CATS team will miss seeing your warm and friendly face each morning! Thanks for all your hard work.

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4 weeks ago

CATS: The Childhood to Adolescence Transition Study

Australian Reading Hour encourages everyone to take one hour out of their busy schedules to pick up a book, and experience the many benefits that come from it.

Did you know that reading reduces stress by 68%, and this stress relief happens more quickly than when you listen to music, go for a walk or have a cup of tea?

To read more about the numerous positive effects of reading, visit this website: www.readinghour.org.au/

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4 weeks ago

CATS: The Childhood to Adolescence Transition Study

CATS data shows that in Year 8, only 3% of students have ever smoked a cigarette.

This is a dramatic shift from two decades ago, when almost 1 in 4 students in Year 8 reported smoking cigarettes regularly.

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Reference: Livingston,M. (2014). Trends in non-drinking among Australian adolescents. Society for the Study of Addiction.
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Publications & Presentations

Publications

Bullying, mental health and friendship in Australian primary school children.
Bayer et al. (2018). Bullying, mental health and friendship in Australian primary school children. Child and Adolescent Mental Health. doi:10.1111/camh.12261

Body Image Dissatisfaction and the Adrenarchal Transition
Hughes et al. (2018). Body Image Dissatisfaction and the Adrenarchal Transition. Journal of Adolescent Health.

Publications

The Association Between Electronic Media and Emotional and Behavioral Problems in Late Childhood
Mundy et al. (2017). The Association Between Electronic Media and Emotional and Behavioral Problems in Late Childhood. Academic Pediatrics, 17(6), 620-624.

Pain and learning in primary school: a population-based study
Kosola et al. (2017). Pain and learning in primary school: a population-based study. PAIN, 158(9), 1825-1830.

Peer victimization and academic performance in primary school children
Mundy et al. (2017). Peer Victimization and Academic Performance in Primary School Children. Academic Pediatrics.

Academic performance in primary school children with common emotional and behavioral problems
Mundy et al. (2017) Academic performance in primary school children with common emotional and behavioral problems. Journal of School Health. 87(8):593-601.

Presentations

Who has a role to play in promoting healthy use of media?
Presented at the Australian Council on Children and the Media's (ACCM) one day "Tots and tech: Growing up well with media and technology" conference, Melbourne, Australia

The role of sleep problems in the development of musculoskeletal pain and chronic musculoskeletal pain in children
Presented at the International Symposium on Pediatric Pain

Developing an online social media presence for research
Presented by Kristina Bennett, Molly O'Sullivan, Elissa Phillips and Dr Lisa Mundy at the Australian Association for Adolescent Health Conference, Sydney, Australia.

Publications

The lifetime experience of traumatic events is associated with hair cortisol concentrations in community-based children
Simmons et al. (2016). The lifetime experience of traumatic events is associated with hair cortisol concentrations in community-based children. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 63, 276-281.

Depression, immune function, and early adrenarche in children
Delaney et al. (2016). Depression, immune function, and early adrenarche in children. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 63, 228-234.

Associations between dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) levels, pituitary volume, and social anxiety in children
Murray et al. (2016). Associations between dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) levels, pituitary volume, and social anxiety in children. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 64, 31-39.

Self-reported parenting style is associated with children’s inflammation and immune activation
Byrne, M.L. et al. (2017). Self-reported parenting style is associated with children’s inflammation and immune activation. Journal of Family Psychology, 31(3), 374-380.

Presentations

Pain and Learning in Primary School: A Population-based Study
Presented at the European Public Health Conference, Vienna, Austria
Poster presented at International Congress of Pediatrics, Vancouver, Canada

Associations between social media use and emotional problems 
Presented at the Society for Mental Health Research Conference, Sydney, Australia

Preparing Students for the Transition to Secondary School
Presented by Lisa Mundy at the Australian Association for Research in Education Conference, Melbourne, Australia

The Middle Years: A Foundation for Future, Health, Wellbeing & School Engagement
Presented at the 2016 Home Economics Victoria Annual Conference

Birth weight and emotional and behavioural problems in early adolescence
Presented at the Society for Research on Adolescence Conference, Baltimore, USA

Electronic media use and academic performance in early adolescence
Presented at the Society for Research on Adolescence Conference, Baltimore, USA

Body dissatisfaction and pubertal transition in 8-9 year old children
Presented at the 14th Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Eating Disorders, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Publications

Adrenarche and the emotional and behavioral problems of late childhood
Mundy et al. (2015). Adrenarche and the emotional and behavioral problems of late childhood. Journal of Adolescent Health, 57(6), 608-616.

Reduced frontal white matter volume in children with early onset of adrenarche
Klauser et al. (2015). Reduced frontal white matter volume in children with early onset of adrenarche. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 52, 111-118.

Associations between early adrenarche, affective brain function and mental health in children
Whittle, et al. (2015). Associations between early adrenarche, affective brain function and mental health in children. Social cognitive and affective neuroscience, 10(9), 1282-1290.

Presentations

Bullying and academic performance in primary school children
Presented at the Society for Mental Health Research Conference, Brisbane, Australia.

The Childhood to Adolescence Transition Study (CATS): The Middle Years – A Foundation for Future Health and Wellbeing
Presented at the Youth Health Conference, Melbourne, Australia.

Media use and emotional and behavioural problems in children
Presented at the Society for Research in Child Development Conference, Philadelphia, USA.

Publications

Study protocol: imaging brain development in the childhood to adolescence transition study (iCATS)
Simmons et al. (2014). Study protocol: imaging brain development in the childhood to adolescence transition study (iCATS). BMC Pediatrics, 14(1), 115.

Presentations

Academic performance in 8-9 year old children with common emotional and behavioural problems
Presented at the Society for Mental Health Research Conference, Adelaide, Australia.

Publications

Study Protocol: the Childhood to Adolescence Transition Study (CATS)
Mundy et al. (2013). Study Protocol: the Childhood to Adolescence Transition Study (CATS). BMC Pediatrics, 13(160), 1-13.

Presentations

Behavioural and emotional problems during early puberty
Presented at the International Congress of Pediatrics Conference, Melbourne, Australia.