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    Grants for Naturist Research

    Many of you will have read the fascinating report last year confirming that being naked makes us happier, or heard the recent radio documentary about the benefits of nakedness.  BN's own Children Deserve Better report published in 2016 was itself based on extensive Naturist research. Those are just a few recent examples of academic research into Naturism, and the invariable results – that Naturism boosts self-esteem and body image – come as no surprise to us!

    Did you know that the global Naturist organisation, the International Naturist Federation, has a budget to make grants for Naturist research? If you have an idea for such a research project you can apply for such a grant through BN.  Please contact us setting out what the work would be, as well as the expected benefits, timescale and costs.

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    Duncan.Heenan

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    It is important that this money (much of which came from BN subs anyway) gets used properly. It has been available for 2 years, but not used yet as INF has not publicised it and no one with sufficient credibility has applied yet. I would love to see some proper academic research done to debunk the myth that nudity can harm children in some way. So anyone with proper academic connections (a psychology department of a University for example?) please feed it in to the EC. It is likely that applications will have to be fed into INF through a member Federation, so the earlier BN is involved the better. 

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    johnwhittall55

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    Wish I had the time to do something like this, I firmly believe that children who grow up in a naturist family are more well balanced and have fewer mental and emotional problems. Sadly my wife doesn't follow my beliefs which made it impossible for me to bring my children up in a naturist environment. I sincerely hope that someone can take up this research grant and once and for all quashes the belief that simple nudity is harmful.

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    malcolm.boura

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    There has been some children research recently but only small scale. I will try to post more next week when I am home.

    Improving the visibility is being worked on. This article is part of that. 

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    malcolm.boura

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    Title: “Would somebody think of the children”: Life outcomes of living in naturist households

    Authors: Marina Rachitskiy, Lana N. Abusamra, Yasmin Debs, Yasmina Edlibi, Mariam Gueye, Anastasia Rodionova, Darius Tarbiat, Keon West

    BPS Social Psychology Annual Conference 2017

    Findings: No difference in life outcomes. Significantly lower mental health problems. Higher levels of life satisfaction and sexual adjustment.

    NB those findings are heavily abbreviated and should not be quoted without reading at least the paper's summary of findings.

     

    I think there may be one other children relevant paper recently but I am currently having a major sort out of my hard drive and can't lay my hands on it!

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