Family Resilience and Wellbeing

Our ongoing study on family resilience and well-being 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 well-being.

Participation in this research involves families, including both parents and their children aged between 4-5 years, completing 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 then families will attend another lab-based session.

Families will receive $180 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 for more information.

You are eligible to participate if:

  • You and/or your partner have a child aged 4 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 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 25/11/2020 for 3 years. Reference Number 020686.