Daisy Fancourt
University College London
Publications 64
#1Daisy Fancourt (UCL: University College London)H-Index: 7
#2Andrew Steptoe (UCL: University College London)H-Index: 111
There has been significant interest in the effects of television on cognition in children, but much less research has been carried out into the effects in older adults. This study aimed to explore whether television viewing behaviours in adults aged 50 or over are associated with a decline in cognition. Using data from the English Longitudinal Study of Aging involving 3,662 adults aged 50+, we used multivariate linear regression models to explore longitudinal associations between baseline televi...
#1Daisy Fancourt (UCL: University College London)H-Index: 7
#2Hannah Ali (Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust)
The ability to effectively regulate our emotions has been shown to be impaired in people with depression. Arts activities have been found to improve depression, but whether people with depression make differential use of emotion regulation strategies (ERSs) when engaging in the arts remains unclear. This study analysed data from 11,248 individuals with depression who were matched on demographics, personality and arts experience with a further 11,248 individuals without depression. We found a sig...
#1Hei Wan Mak (UCL: University College London)
#2Daisy Fancourt (UCL: University College London)H-Index: 7
Arts engagement has been shown to have benefits for young people’s psychological and behavioural adjustment. However, it is unknown whether it is frequency of arts engagement or individual ability in arts activities that is associated with these benefits. This study therefore examines the link between arts ability and children’s behavioural difficulties and self-esteem independent of frequency of engagement. We analysed data from the 1970 British Cohort Study with an overall sample size of 7700 ...
#1Emma Walker (UCL: University College London)
#2George B. Ploubidis (UCL: University College London)H-Index: 24
Last.Daisy Fancourt (UCL: University College London)H-Index: 7
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Abstract Objectives This study aimed to explore time-varying associations between social engagement, living status and loneliness and neuro-immune markers in older adults, and whether results are explained by socioeconomic position, health behaviours or depression. Methods We analysed blood samples from 8,780 adults aged 50 and above from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing across three waves of data collection: 2004/5, 2008/9 and 2012/2013. We used fixed effects modelling to estimate the r...
#1Andrew Steptoe (UCL: University College London)H-Index: 111
#2Daisy Fancourt (UCL: University College London)H-Index: 7
#1John J. WrightH-Index: 76
#2Andrew HaywardH-Index: 36
Last.Muki HaklayH-Index: 13
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Economic, physical, built, cultural, learning, social and service environments have a profound effect on lifelong health. However, policy thinking about health research is dominated by the ‘biomedical model’ which promotes medicalisation and an emphasis on diagnosis and treatment at the expense of prevention. Prevention research has tended to focus on ‘downstream’ interventions that rely on individual behaviour change, frequently increasing inequalities. Preventive strategies often focus on isol...
#1Daisy Fancourt (UCL: University College London)H-Index: 7
#2Andrew Steptoe (UCL: University College London)H-Index: 111
Background Considerations of modifiable risk factors for the development of disability in older age have traditionally focused on physical activity. However, there is increasing evidence that psychological, social, and cognitive factors also help to maintain functional independence. This study compared the protective associations between physical and social activities and disability onset. Methods We analysed data from 5434 adults aged 50+ years tracked biennially from 2004/2005 to 2016/2017, me...
#1Daisy Fancourt (UCL: University College London)H-Index: 7
#2Andrew Steptoe (UCL: University College London)H-Index: 111
Abstract Objectives There is a large literature linking inflammation with mental ill health, but a much smaller literature focusing on mental wellbeing. Specifically, it remains unclear whether mental wellbeing is longitudinally independently associated with inflammation or only via associated changes in mental ill health. Methods This study used data from 8,780 adults aged 50+ in the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing. Hedonic wellbeing (both positive affect and life satisfaction) and eudemon...
#1Urszula Tymoszuk (Royal College of Music)H-Index: 3
#2Rosie Perkins (Royal College of Music)H-Index: 7
Last.Aaron Williamon (Royal College of Music)H-Index: 23
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Purpose Loneliness in older adulthood is a societal and public health challenge warranting identification of sustainable and community-based protective factors. This study investigated whether frequency of receptive arts engagement is associated with lower odds of loneliness in older adults.
#1Daisy Fancourt (UCL: University College London)H-Index: 7
#2Andrew Steptoe (UCL: University College London)H-Index: 111
Abstract There is a growing body of literature suggesting that the arts can support mental health. However, both arts participation and cultural engagement are unevenly patterned across the population, with a strong social gradient. This social gradient is also evident in mental health. So it remains unclear whether the relationship between arts engagement and mental health can in fact be explained by socio-economic status (SES). This study explores this question specifically in relation to cult...