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Latest evidence from About Families
Given the importance of support for parenting, About Families asked what research could tell us about how families seek, experience and manage support from family, friends and formal services. The findings are published in a new report entitled Parenting and Support.
This report is particularly relevant in light of the Scottish Government's National Parenting Strategy, launched in October, which aims to improve the level and availability of support for parents.
Parents manage better when they have sufficient and effective support. Social support can buffer the effect of stresses and difficulties which can arise from being a parent or other aspects such as relationship conflict or financial difficulties. It also helps to bolster parents' self-esteem and sense of efficacy. Formal support, provided by support services and other interventions, is a key factor in resolving problems and making positive change in families' lives. However, the parents who most need services, including those who lack support from family and friends, are often the least likely to get them.
Main findings from the report include:
About Families supports voluntary and statutory sector organisations to develop evidence-based services to meet the changing needs of parents and families, including those with disabilities.
About Families is a partnership between the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships, Parenting across Scotland and Capability Scotland.
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