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Psychology student wins prize for research into relationships

18 April 2012

Research into why some relationships fail and others succeed landed a student with success in a north Wales competition.

21-year-old Glyndŵr University student Charlotte Evans, of Wrexham, won a prize at the 41st annual student conference of the Welsh Branch of the British Psychological Society.

She was singled out for praise following research for her dissertation into the topic of marriages and divorces – collecting a £50 Amazon voucher in the process.

Charlotte said: “I couldn’t believe it when I found out I’d won – I was surprised but over the moon.

“My dissertation was on actual and ideal preferences with regard to relationship qualities and the effect this has upon happiness.

"I chose it because I heard the Office for National statistics results on marriage and divorce; in 2009 231,490 couples in England and Wales got married, in 2010, 119,589 couples got divorced.

“Then I became interested in why some relationships are successful and others aren't, and eventually I came up with this question and was interested in finding out the results.”

56 students from across Wales presented their research at the event at Bangor University.

Four Glyndŵr University students presented their work at the conference.

As well as Charlotte, Karen Rodenburg gave a poster presentation on motivations to learn Welsh, Jo Turley provided a poster presentation on children’s use of mobile technology, and Marie-Claire Hartshorne provided a poster presentation on burnout among carers of children who deliberately self-harm.

Dr Emyr Williams, lecturer in psychology at Glyndŵr University, said: “All of the students performed exceptionally well and their work was praised by the Welsh branch committee.”

The 42nd annual student conference of the Welsh Branch British Psychological Society will be held in Glyndŵr University in 2013.

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