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SELCoH 2 Collaborations

The summaries of some of the collaborator's projects from SELCoH 2 are detailed below: 


Personality Difficulties

What is the purpose of this study?

The purpose of this study is to determine how many people in Lambeth and Southwark have difficulties with their personality and their relationships with others. We want to do this in order to find out whether a person’s personality affects their general health, and how they fare socially, for example at work. We want to find out more about this in order to improve services that are available to help people with these problems.

 As part of this study, we are seeking to find out whether a short questionnaire is an effective way of screening for personality problems. The best way to work this out is to ask people to do the short questionnaire, and then to do a longer, more detailed interview that we already know is good at identifying personality problems. We then compare the results from the questionnaire with the results from the interview to see how well they match.

Researchers: Dr Marcella Fok

Principal Investigator: Dr Paul Moran

Funders: This project is funded by the Maudlsey Charity


Poor Eating Habits

What is the purpose of this study?

 The purpose of this study is to see how common poor eating habits are in the general population and how they may affect an individual’s quality of life as well as their mental and physical health. We will do this by asking the general population various questions regarding their weight, self image and diet to understand how these factors may impact physical and mental health, and how people access services.

Researchers: Francesca Solmi, BA, MA, MSc, MPhil

PhD candidate at the Institute of Child Health (UCL) in Child and adolescent psychiatry

Principal Investigator: Dr Nadia Micali


Funders: This project is jointly funded by the British Academy and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)


Collecting Behaviour

The purpose of this study is to find out more about collecting behaviour in South East London and why some people may find it more difficult than others to discard or part with possessions. In some cases, this difficulty can result in the accumulation of so many objects that the home becomes cluttered and unusable – a situation which may cause significant personal distress to the individual both at work and at home. Collecting behaviour and its consequences in the British population is poorly understood. The study aims to gain a better understanding of this complex behaviour.

Researchers: Ashley Keller

Principal Investigator: Dr. David Mataix-Cols

Funders: This project is funded by the Kings College London Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Doctoral Studentship


Genes and Serious Mental Health Problems

What is the purpose of this study?

 The purpose of this study is to identify what the main risk factors are that may lead to  serious mental health problems, for example psychosis. In particular, we want to know whether there are any genes that increase the risk of developing serious mental health problems, either alone or by interacting with environmental factors such as stress, substance use, and infections.

The study compares the experiences of patients with and serious mental problems and healthy volunteers from the community.

Researchers: Kathryn Hubbard and John Mills

Principal Investigator: Dr Craig Morgan

Funders: This project is jointly funded by the Welcome Trust and The European Community’s Seventh Framework Program

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