Nigel V. Marsh

Nigel V. Marsh
James Cook University Singapore · Department of Psychology

BA MSocSc PhD DipPsych(Clin)

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Introduction
Dr Nigel Marsh is a Professor of Clinical Psychology at James Cook University in Singapore. He has held Visiting Professor appointments at Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia (United Kingdom), the Faculty of Psychology, University of Oviedo (Spain), and has been an Adjunct Research Professor at Sunway University (Malaysia). He has served as a consultant in the areas of healthy ageing, occupational health, genetics, and rehabilitation. He is a Registered Psychologist (Singapore).
Additional affiliations
March 2019 - present
James Cook University Singapore
Position
  • Professor
February 2012 - February 2019
Sunway University
Position
  • Head of Faculty
September 2011 - February 2012
American University of Beirut
Position
  • Professor
Education
May 1985 - December 1988
University of Otago
Field of study
  • Psychology
February 1980 - December 1982
The University of Waikato
Field of study
  • Clinical Psychology
February 1980 - December 1982
The University of Waikato
Field of study
  • Psychology

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Publications (73)
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The Couple Resilience Inventory (CRI) was first developed by Sanford et al. (2016) to assess and measure the behavioural strategies that heterosexual and same-sex couples use to cope with stressful life events. To date, the CRI has not been adapted or cross-validated in non-Western societies. By cross-validating the CRI, researchers and practitione...
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The personality factor of openness to experience, which encompasses curiosity, imagination, and a desire for new experiences, has been associated negatively with prejudice and positively with the closely related value of tolerance. While these relationships have been reviewed at the factor level, there has been no review of research at the lower fa...
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Background/Objective: Previous findings indicated that parents of children with developmental disabilities face greater caregiving demands and report higher levels of stress. This study explores the styles and strategies of coping with stress among parents of children with developmental disabilities compared to parents of children with typical deve...
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Background: There has been growing interest in the social-emotional development of children. However, the social-emotional development of children in Asia remains a knowledge gap. This systematic review identifies and summarises existing studies on the social-emotional development of children in Asia. Method: We conducted a systematic review using...
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For young women working in some industries their judged physical attractiveness is directly related to their employment. This study investigated the role of objective physical status, societal influences on body image, and self-appraisals of personal appearance in determining the psychological well-being of young women employed in the promotional i...
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The advent of the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting necessity for physical distancing has resulted in massive and rapid changes in service delivery systems throughout the world. Within health care the delivery of psychological treatment has been similarly affected and this has resulted in the widespread adoption of telepsychology models of practi...
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Visual Stress reportedly affects 5-12% of the general population and 20-30% of people with dyslexia. Symptoms are characterized by visual discomfort and perceptual distortions when viewing lines of text, and can be exacerbated by fluorescent lighting and bright paper. In this study, nursing students reported their levels of visual discomfort while...
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The visual-processing disorder Meares-Irlen Syndrome, or Visual Stress (VS), is believed to be caused by visual cortex hyperexcitability (visual sensory-overload) and reportedly affects reading efficiency in 5-12% of the general population and 20-30% of dyslexics. VS-symptoms include distortions or 'movement' of text and visual discomfort/fatigue w...
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The purpose of this study was to examine gender and ethnic differences in adolescent stress in a non-Western context; multi-ethnic Malaysia. A Malay language version of the Adolescent Stress Questionnaire was administered to 300 adolescents aged from 13 to 17 years (Mean = 14.4 years). There were no statistically significant differences between gen...
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Aim Mental health problems are prevalent among young people in Malaysia yet access to specialist mental health care is extremely limited. More context‐specific research is needed to understand the factors affecting help‐seeking in youth, when mental health problems typically have first onset. We aimed to explore the attitudes of vulnerable young Ma...
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A group of 103 parents of children with typical development completed the Future Anxiety Scale. The children were aged 3 – 16 years. The scale was developed to assess an individual’s anxiety levels concerning future events. The 38-item scale provides 11 scores of general future anxiety level, catastrophe, health and wellbeing, restricted freedom, t...
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Phubbing refers to the act of snubbing someone by preferring to interact with one’s mobile phone instead of the other person when in the company of others. This study aimed to investigate how mobile phone use during face-to-face interactions may influence the perceived quality of the interaction between pairs of unacquainted individuals. Sixty-six...
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Background: A social recovery approach to youth mental health focuses on increasing the time spent in valuable and meaningful structured activities, with a view to preventing enduring mental health problems and social disability. In Malaysia, access to mental health care is particularly limited and little research has focused on identifying young...
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This study examined differences in future anxiety (FA) among mothers and fathers of children with and without developmental disabilities (DD), and it also analyzed differences in FA within the group of parents of children with DD taking into consideration parent-related factors and child-related factors. A group of 167 parents of children with DD w...
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OBJECTIVE: This study reports the results from a 5-year longitudinal investigation of the prevalence and severity of cognitive deficits following significant (i.e., ventilation required for > 24 hours) traumatic brain injury. The changes in performance, either improvement or decline, across five domains of cognitive functioning are described. METHO...
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A follow up study of a group of 94 children born very low birth weight (VLBW; birth weight < 1500 g) was undertaken. The outcome variable was the children’s academic achievement at 12 years of age. Academic achievement was determined by the children’s results in the Primary School Leavers Examination (PSLE) in Singapore. The PSLE is a national, sta...
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BACKGROUND: For most individuals an admission to a nursing home is a stressful event. Relocation inevitably involves substantial upheaval and involves the loss of belongings, the loss of familiarity and a change in social circle. Further, it is also often preceded by negative events such as declining health, financial problems or the death of a spo...
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This study examined the frequency and severity of behavioural and emotional disturbances in adolescents with mild intellectual disability. The 50 adolescents, aged between 12 and 16 years, attended a special school in Singapore. Information on the adolescents’ functioning was obtained from their parent/primary carer and their class teacher, who bot...
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The visual processing disorder Meares-Irlen Syndrome, or Visual Stress (VS), is believed to be a predisposition to visual cortex hyperexcitability (visual sensory-overload), and reportedly affects reading efficiency in circa 12% of the general population and a third of all individuals diagnosed with reading disorders. Symptoms include blurring, dis...
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This study examined the nature and severity of emotional and behavioural difficulties in adolescents with mild intellectual disability. The 50 students, aged between 12 and 16, were from a special school in Singapore which caters to adolescents with mild intellectual disability. Information on the adolescents’ functioning was obtained from both the...
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INTRODUCTION: A patient’s lack of insight into their deficits following traumatic brain injury can negatively impact on their long-term adaptation and limit their successful reintegration into the community. METHOD: The neuropsychological functioning of a group of 71 adults was assessed at approximately five years (mean = 65 months) following sign...
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OBJECTIVE: To describe the long-term prevalence and severity of cognitive deficits following significant (i.e., ventilation required for >24 hours) traumatic brain injury. To assess a comprehensive range of cognitive functions using psychometric measures with established normative, reliability, and validity data. METHODS: A group of 71 adults wa...
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Abstract: Visual stress (VS) affects reading in 5-12% of the general population and 31-36% of children with reading disorders. Symptoms include print distortions and visual discomfort when reading, and are exacerbated by fluorescent lighting. Prior research has indicated that VS can also affect proficient readers. We therefore examined levels of vi...
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Several diagnostic symptoms of the visual-processing deficit Meares-Irlen/Visual Stress Syndrome are remarkably similar to symptom manifestations reported by individuals with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). We surveyed the specific incidences of nine widely-recognised symptoms of visual stress (VS) in a group of subjects (n = 20) previously diagnos...
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Algunos síntomas del Síndrome de Estrés Visual/Meares-Irlen son similares a los informados por individuos con síndrome de fatiga crónica (SFC). Se evaluó la incidencia de nueve síntomas ampliamente reconocidos de estrés visual (EV) en un grupo de sujetos (n = 20) con síndrome de fatiga crónica. La presencia de cada síntoma de EV en el grupo con SFC...
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The prevalence and determinates of depression in 67 older adults were assessed at 1 year post-stroke. The sample had an average age of 74 years (SD = 7, range = 60–87 years) at the time of their stroke and 52% were female. The relative contribution of demographic (gender, age), medical (history of previous stroke, hemispheric location of stroke), t...
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Reception and administrative employees may be particularly vulnerable to patient aggression in mental health services. This study examined whether satisfaction with social support and primary aggression training moderated the effects of perceived aggression on psychological distress and somatic symptoms in a sample of 101 employees. The biophysical...
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The purpose of this study was to describe the emotional and behavioural functioning of children placed in out-of-home residential care. The sample was 52 children aged 11 to 18 years old who were currently staying in two residential homes in Singapore. The children, their direct-care workers, and their social worker all completed the Strengths and...
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Predictors of effort test failure were examined in an archival sample of 555 traumatically brain-injured (TBI) adults. Logistic regression models were used to examine whether compensation-seeking, injury-related, psychological, demographic, and cultural factors predicted effort test failure (ETF). ETF was significantly associated with compensation-...
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A health social network is an online information service which facilitates information sharing between closely related members of a community with the same or a similar health condition. Over the years, many automated recommender systems have been developed for social networking in order to help users find their communities of interest. For health...
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The aim of the present study was to develop and evaluate a multidimensional measure of distress experienced by partners of Australian combat veterans. The Partners of Veterans Distress Scale (POV-DS) was developed using factor analysis on a sample of 665 female members of Partners of Veterans Association of Australia. Content validity for the scale...
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A group of 62 adults with significant (i.e., ventilation required for > 24 hours) traumatic brain injury (TBI) were assessed approximately one year following their injury. The people with TBI and their primary caregivers completed the patient and relative/friend versions respectively, of the 20-item Head Injury Behaviour Rating Scale (HIBS). Respon...
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A confirmatory factor analysis was conducted on the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children-Third Edition (WISC-III; D. Wechsler, 1991) with a sample of 579 Australian children referred for assessment because of academic difficulties in the classroom. The children were administered the WISC-III as part of the initial eligibility determination proc...
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Night shift nurses are subject to shift lag or circadian dysrhythmia, which may result in physical and mental symptoms ranging from fatigue, irritability, depression, and apathy to gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, and sleep disorders. This study investigated the effect a homeopathic remedy No-Shift-Lag had on the night shift nurses in an intensive...
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To replicate previous studies which have reported a high prevalence of traumatic brain injury (TBI) in partner-abusive men and to extend research in this area by determining the prevalence of executive dysfunctions, which have been linked with both TBI and violent behaviour. Thirty-eight men with criminal convictions for violence and who were recei...
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A group of 19 children, who had received a skull fracture during infancy, were assessed at least 5 years following injury. The majority of the group (89%) had received a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI), with the remaining two (11%) having a moderate injury. The neuropsychological, academic, and psychosocial functioning of the TBI group was compar...
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Measures of psychosocial risk factors have been found to be effective in predicting return to work (RTW) and other occupational rehabilitation outcomes, with greater degrees of effectiveness than medical factors. Therefore, determining the psychosocial profiles of workers' compensation claimants is likely to benefit occupational rehabilitation prov...
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This study examined the psychometric properties of the Head Injury Behaviour Scale (HIBS) using responses from 242 caregivers. The HIBS is a 20-item, scale describing common behavioural problems following traumatic brain injury (TBI), which are typical of dysexecutive syndrome. A principal components analysis was conducted on caregiver distress rat...
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Workaholism, an excessive focus on work without apparent economic reason, has been conceptualized by Spence and Robbins (1992) as comprising three dimensions; Work Involvement (WI), Enjoyment (E), and Drive (D). The corresponding measure, the Workaholism Battery (WorkBAT; Spence & Robbins, 1992) is widely used in workaholism research. Cluster and f...
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Fifty-two primary caregivers of people with a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) were assessed at 6-months and 1-year postinjury. Caregiver appraisal of the person with TBI's physical, cognitive, emotional, behavioural, and social functioning was assessed. Caregiver psychosocial functioning and levels of subjective and objective burden were also a...
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This review highlights recent developments in five areas relevant to neuropsychiatric functioning after traumatic brain injury. The increasing use of brain imaging techniques and the evaluation of the relationship between their results and traditional forms of assessment demonstrate the complementary, rather than competing, value of both procedures...
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The psychosocial functioning of a group of 65 adults with severe traumatic brain injury was assessed at 6 months and 1 year post-injury. Aspects of emotional, behavioural, and social functioning were investigated. The prevalence of depression remained constant (24%) over time, although there was some individual variation in the reporting of symptom...
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The neuropsychological functioning of a group of 65 adults with severe traumatic brain injury was assessed at 6 months and 1 year post-injury. The cognitive domains assessed were pre-morbid intellectual level, current level of general intellectual functioning, simple and complex attention, verbal memory, executive functioning, and perceptual functi...
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Workaholism involves a personal reluctance to disengage from work, which is evidenced by the tendency to work irrespective of external demands. While the term workaholism has been widely used by the public for over 30 years, scientists are only beginning to explore the behavior in depth. To date, most research has occurred on an ad hoc basis, emerg...
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To measure inter-observer error of a recently reported computerised tomography scoring system and to assess the ability of the scoring system to predict outcome in head injury patients. Two radiologists independently graded all CT scans performed during the admission of all head injured patients. They were blinded to the clinical condition of the p...
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The prevalence and determinants of depression in 79 elderly patients were assessed at 3 months poststroke. Predictor variables included gender, age, history of previous stroke, and hemispheric location of stroke. Indicator variables included two measures of physical functioning and seven aspects of cognitive functioning. Results indicated that 56%...
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To correlate neuropsychological outcome in patients after severe traumatic head injury, with neurophysiological and neuroradiological data collected during the intensive care unit (ICU) period of care. Patients admitted to Waikato Hospital ICU with severe traumatic head injury were studied. Respiratory difficulty at the accident site, admission Gla...
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Beginning in 1979, the results of somatosensory evoked potential (SSEP) monitoring have been used to predict outcome in patients who have suffered severe brain trauma. The data indicate that if the cortical components of the SSEPs were bilaterally absent, the outcome was always death or a vegetative state, but previous studies have not been blinded...
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Sixty-nine primary caregivers of adults with a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) were assessed at 1-year post-injury. Caregivers completed questionnaires on the physical, cognitive, emotional, behavioural, and social functioning of the person with TBI. Caregiver objective burden, psychosocial functioning, and subjective burden were also assessed....
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AimsTo examine prehospital factors associated with head injuries.Method Prehospital and outcome data were collected on a group of 123 patients with head injuries admitted to Waikato Hospital over 41 months.ResultsOver 80% of the head injuries were due to road trauma. Over 60% occurred >30km from the first admission hospital, 35% were >60km away and...
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Since S. Rao's ["Neuropsychology of Multiple Sclerosis: A Critical Review," A Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, Vol. 85, pp. 503-542] (1986) seminal review, considerable research has been undertaken on the neuropsychological consequences of multiple sclerosis. This review incorporates the research literature of the last decade i...
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To examine the profile and hospital costs of head injury patients admitted to the Waikato Hospital Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Data were collected on head injury patients admitted to ICU over 41 months and costs of head injury patients in ICU, the High Dependency Unit (HDU) and other wards were calculated. There were 286 head injury patients admitte...
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Sixty-nine primary caregivers of people with a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) were assessed at 6 months post injury. Caregivers completed questionnaires on the physical, cognitive, emotional, behavioural, and social functioning of the persons with the TBI. Caregiver psychosocial functioning and levels of subjective and objective burden were al...
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Despite the considerable amount of research that has been undertaken on poststroke depression, a review of the literature demonstrates that there are many inconclusive findings in the area. In particular, the causes and course of the disorder remain to be firmly established. While studies of prevalence differ with respect to the nature and timing o...
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Recent studies on the rehabilitation of children with hydrocephalus have demonstrated the need for those planning such rehabilitation programmes to have a clear understanding of the neuropsychological and psychosocial aspects of this disorder. In an attempt to provide such information, the neuropsychological and psychosocial functioning of a group...
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Neuropsychological functioning and level of subjective symptomatology was assessed in 15 adults at 2 weeks, 1 month, and 3 months post-concussion. Performance by the concussion subjects was compared to the results obtained by a matched group of normal controls. At 2 weeks post-injury the concussion subjects had deficits in intellectual, attentional...
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The neuropsychological and psychosocial functioning of 15 Ss infected with HIV+ was examined. Performance by the HIV+ Ss was compared with that of 15 at-risk HIV– Ss. Relative to the HIV– Ss, the HIV+ Ss were impaired on measures of attention, verbal fluency, and visual memory. The pattern of deficit exhibited by the HIV+ Ss was suggestive of a sub...
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This study examined the incidence and implications of visual neglect in a group of elderly stroke patients. A consecutive series of 27 patients were assessed for visual neglect using four commonly administered tests at 15–20 days poststroke. Those who continued to show neglect were reassessed at 30, 60, and 90 days. Incidence of visual neglect at 1...
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The neuropsychological and psychosocial functioning of a group of 15 closed head injury children between the ages of 11 and 17 years old was investigated. Children were assessed at least 9 months post-injury. Performance by the head injured sample was compared to that of 10 normal control subjects. Head injured and control subjects were matched on...
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Eighteen community-dwelling adults who had suffered a very severe closed-head injury more than 18 months previously and required long-term rehabilitative support were compared with a closely matched control group on a number of behavioral measures of skill during social interaction. Results showed that during social interactions the head-injured pa...
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The relationship between impaired neuropsychological functioning and level of skill during social interaction was examined in a group of 12 male patients who had experienced a very severe closed head injury (CHI) at least 36 mo previously. The patients were community based but still required contact with rehabilitation services. The patients' perfo...
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Examined the cognitive, psychological, and social functioning of 18 community-dwelling male patients who had experienced a severe closed head injury (CHI) at least 18 mo previously and still required contact with rehabilitation services. Results from Ss with CHI were compared with those from 27 normal control Ss. Information on Ss' behavior was als...
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This report describes the use of EMG biofeedback to reduce bruxism in an 18-year-old woman. The behaviour was severe and not responsive to standard dental treatment. In addition to psychometric measures of affective status, objective measures of both the frequency and intensity of bruxing incidents were made, and a 4-week intervention conducted. On...
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Synopsis Eighteen adults who had suffered a very severe closed head-injury more than 18 months previously and required long-term rehabilitative support were compared with a closely matched control group. Unlike previous studies, which have reported negative personality change involving an increase in aversive behaviour, our behavioural observation...
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Normative statistics are provided for the UCLA Loneliness Scale based on the results of a sample of 978 adult subjects collected during a general population health survey. Factor analysis of the data revealed that the scale had a two factor structure; positively worded items loaded on one factor and negatively worded items on the other. Results fro...

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The objective of this scoping review is to investigate 1) separate dimensions of parenting styles (warmth/ support and demandingness/ control) together with dimensions of Internet parenting styles (Internet warmth/ support and Internet demandingness/ control) explain adolescent involvement in different cyberbullying roles (bully, victim, bully-victim, bystander). Secondly, if parenting styles (authoritarian, authoritative, permissive, neglectfulness) associate to emotional, social and behavioural outcomes among youth involved in cyberbullying