Parenting under duress

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During the summer months our research staff and students travel to conferences across the world to share their research and meet others in their field. Here DPhil student Amanda Sim reports on a recent opportunity on the Gold Coast, Australia.

Amanda Sim and research officer Dr. Jamie Lachman presented their research at the July 2018 biennial meeting of the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development (ISSBD) on the Gold Coast in  Australia.

Amanda and Jamie were part of a symposium titled “Parenting under duress: from theory to intervention development and evaluation in the Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific,” featuring innovative research from four low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

Amanda presented her doctoral research with Syrian refugees in Lebanon, in which she developed and tested a conceptual model of pathways from war trauma exposure and daily stressors to negative parenting via effects on maternal mental health. Jamie presented results from a randomised controlled trial of a locally-adapted parenting intervention to reduce child maltreatment in low-income families receiving conditional cash transfers in the Philippines.

The symposium, organised and chaired by Amanda, provided insight into the process of developing and testing complex interventions in LMICs, from modelling determinants of parenting behaviour to evaluating the effectiveness of interventions to reduce violence against children .