• By Dartington SRU
  • Posted on Monday 24th August, 2009

Parents matter

How much of an influence are parents on the lives of their children? And how far is it possible to harmonize this with prevention efforts?

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  • By Dartington SRU
  • Posted on Monday 20th April, 2009

Is gene expression forging the missing link?

The way children are cared for from the moment they are born may affect how their genes are expressed and consequently how likely they are to grow up to be violent. Longitudinal research from Canada shows that chronically violent young men demonstrate underdeveloped gene expression in the hormonal system that would help them to deal with stress. Presenting at last month’s Parents Matter conferen…

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  • By Dartington SRU
  • Posted on Wednesday 01st April, 2009

Longview looks to the future of the long-term

Last week's UK Parents Matter conference highlighted the vital role of longitudinal studies in improving understanding of child development. In doing so, it focused on the achievements of Longview , a think-tank charity formed in 2004, when researchers were becoming increasingly unnerved by the lack of perspective in policy making.Longview was established by a group of scholars involved in some of…

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  • By Dartington SRU
  • Posted on Friday 14th August, 2009

It's not bad parenting – just look around!

A research report from from a major UK charitable trust has come to the conclusion that despite a decline in the behavior of young people in the UK over the past 30 years, the quality of parenting has actually improved.Research undertaken by a team led by Professor Frances Gardner from the Department of Social Policy and Social Work at the University of Oxford found little evidence to support clai…

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  • By Kevin Mount
  • Posted on Thursday 04th June, 2009

Time for a new message on family violence?

There are variations on the theme, but most conflict resolution researchers recognize a model that links exposure to family violence in childhood with conduct disorders in adolescence, substance abuse in early adulthood, and violence in later relationships. Outlined by Miriam Ehrensaft at the Society for Prevention Research conference in Washington, last week, these and other links in the chain o…

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  • By Dartington SRU
  • Posted on Friday 21st August, 2009

Support the parents; let the family be

The structure of family life in the UK and elsewhere in the developed world is changing. The proportion of families in which two married biological parents live together with their children continues to dwindle. Couples are getting married and having children later. More are separating. Before about 40% of children reach the age of 16, their parents will have divorced. Nearly a quarter of childr…

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