Focus on vulnerable families
IN THIS ISSUE:
Author: Gabriela Misca
Description: Gabriela Misca discusses the lack of evidence into the impact of military life on very young children, and calls for more research to enable practitioners to provide effective and sensitive interventions.
Description writer: Senior Lecturer in Psychology, University of Worcester, UK
Author: Sarah-Jane Lennie
Description: PhD Candidate at Manchester Metropolitan University and police officer, shares insights from her research into the emotional labour of combining policing with being a parent.
Description writer: PhD Candidate at Manchester Metropolitan University and police officer
Author: Tessa M. Kritikos, Ellen R. DeVoe
Author title: Tessa M. Kritikos, PhD CandidateEllen
R. DeVoe, Professor,
Description: In this article, we detail the transitions and adaptations experienced by non-deploying parents, typically mothers, through cycles of deployment separation and reunion, and emphasize the importance of supporting these caregivers to ensure child and family well-being.
Description writer: Tessa M. Kritikos, PhD Candidate, Boston University, USA Ellen R. DeVoe, Professor, Director of Doctoral Program in Social Work, Boston University, USA
Author: Mary Nolan, Gabriela Misca
Author title: Dr Mary Nolan, Professor of Perinatal Education, University of Worcester, UK
Description: This article presents what is currently known about the coping strategies used by military families to support their young children and maintain a positive family environment, and the educational and clinical interventions available to them.
Description writer: Mary Nolan, Professor of Perinatal Education, University of Worcester, UK Gabriela Misca, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, University of Worcester, UK
Author: Debra Langan, Carrie B. Sanders, Julie Gouweloos
Description: Police officers who are mothers (‘police mothers’) lead lives that are very challenging, both at work and at home. Motherhood is seen as a liability, and women feel stigmatized upon entering motherhood. Work situations influence ‘danger-protection mothering practices’ – police mothers take specific precautions, construct stories, and interrogate their children, to prevent them from becoming victims or offenders.
Description writer: Debra Langan, Associate Professor of Criminology, Wilfrid Laurier University, Ontario, Canada
Carrie B. Sanders, Associate Professor of Criminology, Wilfrid Laurier University, Ontario, Canada
Julie Gouweloos, PhD Candidate and Instructor, McMaster University, Ontario, Canada, and Research Fellow in Criminology, Wilfrid Laurier University, Ontario, Canada
Author: Peter van de Ende
Description: This article outlines the challenges facing mothers and fathers with mental illness, the strategies they employ to manage their families, and the support they need from family-orientated health and social care practitioners.
Description writer: Senior Researcher, Research and Inovation Department of Rehibilitation, Hanzeuniversity of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands
Author: Dawn Cannon
Description: This article outlines the background to and the need for an Infant Mental Health Competency Framework in the UK and describes how practitioners self-assess against the competency framework, and looks at AIMH UK’s plans to establish an Infant Mental Health Recognition Register (IMHRR).
Description writer: Dawn Cannon, Director of Warwick Infant and Family Wellbeing Unit; Honorary Secretary, Association for Infant Mental Health (AIMH UK); Project Lead, UK Infant Mental Health Competency Framework
Author: Michelle Stewart, Shana Mohr
Description: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a complex and often misunderstood, lifelong disability. This article offers insights from a strengths-based, community-driven research project that moves away from deficit-based presumptions about the disability towards a participatory approach that identifies strengths and works on social connection
Description writer: Michelle Stewart, Associate Professor, Justice Studies, University of Regina; Canada FASD Research Network
Shana Mohr, Caregiver and Para-Professional Trainer in FASD
Author: Terri Smith
Description: PANDA is a national not-for-profit organisation committed to reducing the impact of perinatal anxiety and depression in Australia through raising awareness and providing information and services.
Description writer: CEO PANDA Australia