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Researcher targets perceptions of modern parents

A researcher from Charles Sturt University is looking into public perceptions of the modern parent.

Chelsea Veitch, a CSU honours student in the university’s school of psychology, said today’s parents often have to handle commitments those of previous generations did not, such as integrating work and childcare into daily schedules. She is conducting a study, “The Role of Mums and Dads Today”, into how integrating these responsibilities affects the wellbeing and mental health of today’s parents.

“I feel that the challenges parents face in raising their children, the choices they make and how they arrive at these choices all have important implications for not only the child’s wellbeing but for the parent and other familial relationships,” Veitch said.

She also said there has been substantial research on people’s perceptions of mothers in other countries, but little work on fathers. She also said Australian work on this topic is almost non-existent, and believes her findings could relay important information to childcare policymakers and practitioners.

“Social research like this helps establish an understanding of common social attitudes and beliefs,” Veitch said. “At the very top level, this information can guide important social policy, generate funding for community-based support programs, and inform public and private treatment programs.”

Veitch is seeking between 300 to 500 men and women aged 18 years and over to complete a 20-minute online questionnaire. She said 128 people have responded, only about 25 per cent of which have been men. In order to improve her study’s validity, Veitch hopes to increase male participation.

Survey collection closes on August 10. For more information, go here.

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