parenting

How did your podcast come about?
Candice: The idea came from discussing the commutes into university. As we were both unable to relocate for training, we noticed similarities in our daily routines in doing bits of work after the kids...

In the last 30-40 years there has been an explosion in research, enquiry and consequent understanding of the factors which impact on the healthy development of a child. Child abuse, exploitation, domestic violence, parental mental health and functioning – including drawing...

On Facebook, we’re free to set our relationship status to ‘it’s complicated’ if cookie-cutter boxes of being single or partnered don’t seem to fit. It turns out that ‘it’s complicated’ also sums up the relationship triangle between many parents, their children and digital...

Dads get sad, too
Viren Swami withdrew from his newborn son. Here, he considers the lack of research and support around postnatal depression in fathers

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As a researcher I have worked on a number of trials evaluating the effectiveness of parenting programmes (PPs) when delivered to the most vulnerable parents in the community. Every trial typically has its own challenges, not least the very basics of...

We imagine our children before they are born, yet nothing fully prepares us for the realities of parenthood. Any parent takes time to adapt, and the path may be filled with greater obstacles if our child is disabled. When my son was born I thought that being a psychologist...

Much questionable cleaning up goes on during the latest psychologically punishing piece from Vincent Dance Theatre, which focuses this time on young people and the care system. At various points, the dancers bring on brooms, and sweep away at the piles of paperwork that keep...

I would like to add a voice to the discussion around paternal mental health, which we read about in Viren Swami’s article (May issue) and further in...

Do our genes determine who we are? Does the environment have an independent impact on our development, or are so-called environmental effects actually reflective of the ways particular genes cause us to interact with the environment? Do parents and family ‘matter’ in child...

Autumn 2018, and American psychologist and geneticist Robert Plomin’s new book Blueprint: How DNA Makes Us Who We Are exploded onto the scene, to headlines of '...