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I have literally just put down a magazine article by Robert Epstein, an evidence-based look at 'What Makes a Good Parent'. Soon I will go home, to my two young sons. Might my access to the relevant research, alongside a general background in understanding the minds and behaviour of others, elevate me to 'Dad of the Year' status? I seriously doubt it. Instead, I will blag, botch and bumble my way through just like everybody else.
It's always good to seek a wider sample though, so Aidan Horner and I thought it would be fun to talk to the children of psychologists, and the psychologists themselves, about whether profession had an impact on parenting (see p.758).
Elsewhere there's the usual mix of news, views, reviews, interviews and more, alongside our online offerings (websites, apps, podcast). We have so many 'children' these days, and of course we love them all equally. But it takes a village to raise a child, and we need your contributions more than ever. Please don't wait to be asked: see our website or drop me a line.
Dr Jon Sutton
'Honey, I shrunk the kids'
Jon Sutton and Aidan Horner speak to the children of psychologists, and the psychologists themselves, about their parenting
Learning from educational neuroscience
Annie Brookmanconsiders the potential benefits and concerns in an ever-growing field
The genetic battle of the sexes
Sofia Deleniv considers the implications of genomic imprinting for social behaviour and mental health
New voices: The 'ugly stepsister' of the eating disorder family
Nancy Tucker draws on the evidence base and personal experience to consider perceptions of bulimia nervosa
Obesity strategy; Wellcome Exhibitions; PsyPAG conference; applied health research; and our editor reports from three days of the Annual Conference of the American Psychological Association
Prisoners on the spectrum; Bruner remembered; clinicians with mental health difficulties; President's Letter; mandatory reporting of sexual abuse; and more digests a mother's touch; fiction and emotional skills; memory and friendships; and more, from our Research Digest (see digest.bps.org.uk and the iOS/Android app)
Interview: 'I think my parenting was based on gut decisions'
A conversation between Alice Farrington and her father David P. Farrington
We talk to Jill Winegardner about her journeys working in brain injury rehabilitation; Helen Owen recounts her route into educational psychology; and Hollie Richardson outlines her voluntary work as an e-mail counsellor for ChildLine
One on one
with Carl Senior, Reader in Psychology at Aston University and Chair of the Society's Education and Public Engagement Board
Sebastian Junger; Lacan; Tickled; The Stanford Prison Experiment; Rotterdam; books and more
Learning from Heisenberg
David Pilgrim considers vitalism and other approaches to what it means to be human
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Centre-page pull-out the sea as co-therapist: Victoria Galbraith looks to harness the natural power of water in facilitating wellbeing