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Attitudes, feelings, domestic organisation and activities
Previous research suggests that children's socio-emotional and cognitive development may be affected by parental attitudes, parental feelings, including stress, hostility or perceived lack of confidence and domestic organisation. A new report from GUS looks at how parents' attitudes and domestic organisation may be shaped by family circumstances and parenting support, and how all these factors in turn affect parenting and the parent-child relationship.
In these findings, 'family disadvantage' refers to indicators including low maternal education, low household income and area deprivation. 'Social support for parenting' refers to informal support from family and friends, and/or formal support through organised groups and classes.
The findings suggest that family disadvantage, support for parents, parental attitudes and feelings, and domestic organisation may independently contribute to parenting activities which are important for children's development. The findings suggest that parenting support may boost both a parent's own psychological resources and important parenting behaviour, regardless of family disadvantage.
The full report (chapter) and research findings summary were written by Alison Parkes, Daniel Wight and Helen Sweeting from CSO/MRC Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, Glasgow.
GUS is funded by the Scottish Government.
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