We wanted to share a major achievement by one of our fantastic Case Managers, Jack Massey who recently travelled to America to present a research paper he completed during his Honours in Psychology at Melbourne University.
The Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) is a leading professional society in the field of developmental psychology, focusing specifically on child development. The society sponsors the biennial SRCD Conference, a meeting in which members present individual research reports, symposia, invited lectures and posters. The 2017 conference was held in Austin, Texas from 6-8 April and was attended by thousands of researchers, practitioners and child development professionals. The theme was Developmental Science and Society. Jack presented his paper “Anxious Solitary Youth Demonstrate Increased Social Self-Efficacy after the Middle School Transition but Then Decline Over Time” with co-author Dr. Heidi Gazelle from The University of Melbourne, as part of a paper symposium exploring socially withdrawn youth adapting to school transitions. His study found that anxious solitary youth report less social self-efficacy than others in primary school, but then show a dramatic increase in social self-efficacy after the transition to middle school when peer exclusion is at its lowest.