BPS Developmental Section, 2012 Conference Report

This year’s BPS Developmental Section Conference was held between 5th – 7th September at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. The programme promised a variety of talks, ranging from factors impacting on foetal development to predictors of adolescent criminality; and it certainly delivered on that promise.

With a view to the humour and bullying in schools research project, Claire and I attended a host of talks on peer victimization and peer influences on children’s behaviour. We particularly enjoyed a paper by Louise Dolphin (University College, Dublin) on peer understanding of depression, and another by Laura Houldcroft (Loughborough University) concerning peer influences on preadolescent eating behaviours.

Two further sessions were also of special interest to us. One was chaired by Patrick Leman (Royal Holloway, University of London) concerning children’s peer collaborations and their relationships with ethnicity (Yvonne Skipper) and school ethos (Robin Banerjee). The other was chaired by Dawn Watling (Royal Holloway, University of London) and covered children’s emotional development. We were also pleased that a number of people attended our symposium and shared thoughtful insights into the role of humour in children’s development.

Beyond the conference presentations, delegates were also treated to a wine reception in Glasgow City Chambers (pictured above), and a ceilidh with live music from Trailwest. In spite of the chilly weather, the local Conference team offered us a warm welcome in Glasgow; and we thank them for the fantastic work they put into making the Conference a success.

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