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Family stressors and children's outcomes

Childhood Wellbeing Research Centre (2013) Family stressors and children's outcomes. Childhood Wellbeing Research Centre research report (DFE-RR254). Department for Education, London, UK. ISBN 9781781052099

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This research looked at family stress factors and parental behaviour associated with both successful and poor outcomes for children aged 7. Differences in children’s outcomes have been shown to emerge early in life and to be linked to both family circumstances, such as social disadvantage, and to parenting behaviours, like parenting style and activities with the child. Both these aspects of a child’s environment are important for their early cognitive and emotional development. But it is not clear whether these early differences, and the factors associated with them, persist up to age 7. Previous research has also shown that stressful life events are associated with worse outcomes for children. However, it has not previously been possible to explore whether particular life events are especially detrimental, whether they impact across different sorts of children’s outcomes (educational, social etc.), and whether the effects of early childhood events persist into adolescence. This research aimed to identify the family stress factors and parental behaviours that were associated with worse children’s outcomes at age 7 and those family factors and parental behaviour that helped children to succeed. It also set out to identify whether stressful life events experienced at different periods of childhood were associated with worse outcomes in adolescence.

Item Type: Monograph (Report)
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Additional Information: © 2013 Childhood Wellbeing Research Centre
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2014 14:34
Last Modified: 01 Apr 2024 07:51

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