From recent research conducted by the Macquarie University’s Centre for Emotional Health, as well as a number of previous studies on the topic, we know that overprotective, “helicopter” parenting in mothers is associated with childhood anxiety, yet the role of fathers rough and tumble play is less studied and not yet well understood.
My current research, conducted under the auspices of Macquarie University’s Centre for Emotional Health (supervised by Associate Professor Jennifer Hudson), is aimed at better understanding father’s challenging behaviours - how they relate to childhood anxiety, to parents’ psychological wellbeing and how they are reported by both mothers and fathers.
We are calling for 350 parents (MUMS AND DADS) of children aged between 4 and 12 years to take part in the study, which is one of the first studies of its kind to consider the relationship between a father’s role and temperament and mental health (anxiety disorders) in children.
Parents who participate in the study will be asked to complete 3 questionnaires online. Questionnaires can be completed by mothers and fathers of children aged 4 to 12 years by simply logging on to the following URL:
Participation will take about 15-20 minutes and all participants will be given the opportunity to enter a draw to win an Apple iPad 2.
[Any information or personal details gathered in the course of the study are confidential. No individual will be identified in any publication of the results. The Chief Investigator Jennifer Hudson and Co-Investigator Lianne Kady will have access to the collected data. The data may also be made available in non-identifiable form to other researchers investigating the measures used.
Data will be collected until the end of October 2012.
The results will be published as a Masters thesis as part of the requirements of the MClinPsych, and will submitted to relevant peer-reviewed psychology journals for publication. They may also be presented at relevant conferences.]