The Parenting & Family Support Research Programme brings together researchers with expertise in a range of disciplines, including psychology, sociology, public health and nursing. The team are involved in the development and evaluation of evidence based parenting and family support intervention programmes. In addition, much of their work is situated within the field of implementation science, seeking to understand the multi-layered factors that support the implementation of interventions and thus optimise the potential for better outcomes.

THRIVE: Trial of healthy relationships initiatives for the very early years

THRIVE is a three-armed randomised controlled trial (RCT) for mothers identified as vulnerable in pregnancy. The study aims to compare the cost-effectiveness of two interventions designed to improve maternal mental health and mother-child interactions.

Contact:  Dr Rosaleen O’Brien

Barriers and facilitators to the implementation of Functional Family Therapy in a Scottish context

Functional Family Therapy (FFT) is an evidence‐based intervention listed on the Blueprint registry of positive interventions to support health and well‐being. It is a short‐term intervention that is underpinned by an assumption that behavioural problems exhibited by young people are rooted in dysfunctional family relations and that problem behaviours may be sustained and reinforced by poor communication within the family. The aim of this study was to explore the perceptions and experiences of key stakeholders involved in the delivery of FFT and to make recommendations for future service delivery.

Contact: Dr Kerri E McPherson

Please follow the link to the FFT Final Report.

Understanding barriers and facilitators to update of immunisation in Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities: the UNITING study

Uptake of immunisation is known to be lower in Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities than in the wider population. Undertaken across four cities in the UK, the aim of this study was to explore barriers and facilitators to immunisation and to make recommendation for interventions to increase uptake.

Please follow the link to the UNITING study final report.

Contact: Dr Susan Kerr

Transition to parenthood in the neonatal intensive care unit: parent and professional perceptions of a technological intervention designed to assist the process

While the survival and long-term prospects of high-risk infants are enhanced by admission to a neonatal unit, the enforced separation of the mother and baby may have psychological consequences for both. This study sought to explore parents’ and professionals’ views of a new digital solution to help parents ‘keep in touch’ with their infants in circumstances where they are physically separated from them. The intervention, mylittleone, involves an internet protocol (IP) camera being placed over a cot/incubator in the neonatal care unit, which wirelessly transmits real-time footage of the baby to a coupled tablet device kept by the mother in the post-natal care environment. 

Contact: Dr Susan Kerr

Please follow the link to the Transition to Parenthood - Final Report.