Seven literature reviews of research on parenting.
Policy-makers and commentators often blame ‘bad parenting’ for children and young people’s troublesome behaviour. What can research tell us about the influence of parenting, especially the parent-child relationships in millions of ‘ordinary’ families?
These seven reports review existing research on:
They include research based on the perspectives of mothers, fathers and children themselves. They were commissioned by the JRF to inform its own Parenting Research and Development programme.
Read or download a summary (PDF, 147KB) of the findings from the seven reviews.
Read or download the individual reviews:
Parenting and outcomes for children (PDF, 227KB)
Thomas G. O’ Connor and Stephen Scott
Looks at a wide range of outcome studies on how parents shape their children’s development.
Parenting and resilience (PDF, 217KB)
Malcolm Hill, Anne Stafford, Peter Seaman, Nicola Ross and Brigid Daniel
Considers parents’ contributions to children’s and their own ‘resilience’, identifying opportunities to build on rather than problems to treat.
Fathers and fatherhood: connecting the strands of diversity (PDF, 143KB)
Charlie Lewis and Michael E. Lamb
Reviews dimensions of fathering that need consideration when understanding men’s roles in contemporary families.
Parenting and ethnicity (PDF, 244KB)
Ann Phoenix and Fatima Husain
Highlights available British studies and a much larger body of American research exploring assumptions about how ‘race’ affects parenting.
Children’s views and experiences of parenting (PDF, 163KB)
Nicola Madge and Natasha Willmott
Focuses on research with children rather than research about children.
The relationship between parenting and poverty (PDF, 182KB)
Ilan Katz, Judy Corlyon, Vincent La Placa and Sarah Hunter
Considers whether poverty itself affects parenting, or whether other characteristics of living in poverty, such as mental health and education, affect parenting and economic circumstances.
Barriers to inclusion and successful engagement of parents in mainstream services (PDF, 140KB)
Ilan Katz, Vincent La Placa and Sarah Hunter
Examines the barriers to parents’ engagement with support services, and how services – including health, education, social services, youth justice and leisure – have successfully overcome them.