Family Resilience and Wellbeing

We are conducting a new study on family resilience and well-being. Our research aims to uncover the different ways that parents and children respond to the inevitable challenges of life. We know that different strategies work for different people in different contexts. So, rather than identifying the way families should be resilient, our study aims to identify how different ways of feeling, thinking and behaving work for different parents, children and contexts. And, because families are so important, our study is looking at what parents do, what children do, and what parents and children do together that fosters resilience and wellbeing.

We are looking for families to participate in this research, including both parents and their children aged between 4-5 years. Families must be living together, and participation will involve two research sessions:

Phase 1: The first phase will take place when your child is 4-5 years old. Participation will involve both parents completing an online questionnaire, and then families attending a lab-based session at the University of Auckland.

Families will receive $180 for their time.

Phase 2: The second phase will occur one year later. Parents will complete an online questionnaire, and one parent and their child will attend a lab-based session.

Families will receive $120 for their time.

We know families are busy. To accommodate your schedule, we can run research sessions throughout the week, including evenings and weekends.

If you are interested in participating, or want to hear more about what’s involved, send an email to familyresearch@auckland.ac.nz for more information.

You are eligible to participate if:

– You and/or your partner have a child aged between 4-5 years old

– You and your partner are living with your child, and have been for at least 1 year

– English is your family’s main language of communication

– Your child does not have a diagnosed social or cognitive impairment

To participate or find out more, simply register your interest here or send an email to familyresearch@auckland.ac.nz and let us know: 

– your child’s birth date and gender

– the length of time you, your partner and your child have been living together

– whether your family speaks English at home

This research has been approved by The University of Auckland Human Participants Ethics Committee on 01/03/2018 for 3 years. Reference Number 020686.

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