Journal publications

As part of our commitment to building scientific knowledge of the evidence base for parenting support, we publish papers in peer reviewed journals to share our findings. We invite you to explore our publications in our year-by-year listings.

On this page you will find our most recent publications from 2016 to 2018. For past years explore the Related Articles tile.


  • Waters, E., Gibbs, L., Tadic, M., Ukoumunne, O., Magarey, A., Okely, A. D., De Silva, E., Armit, C., Green, J., O’Connor, T., Johnson, B., Swinburn, B., Carpenter, L., Moore, G., Littlecott, H. & Gold, L. (2018). Cluster randomised trial of a school-community child health promotion and obesity prevention intervention: Findings from the evaluation of fun ‘n healthy in Moreland! BMC Public Health,18:92. DOI: 10.1186/s12889-017-4625-9


  • Bennetts, S.K., Cooklin, A.R., Crawford, S., D’Esposito, F., Hackworth, N.J., Green, J., Matthews, J., Strazdins, L., Zubrick, S.R. & Nicholson, J.M. (2017). What influences parents’ fear about children’s independent mobility? Evidence from a state-wide survey of Australian parents. American Journal of Health Promotion. DOI: 10.1177/0890117117740442
  • Bennetts, S.K., Mensah, F.K., Green, J., Hackworth, N.J., Westrupp, E.M. & Reilly, S. (2017). Mothers' experiences of parent-reported and video-recorded observational assessments. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 26(12), 3312-3326.
  • Bowtell, E., Aroni, R., Green, J. & Saywer, S. (2017). Contrasting disclosure practices and experiences of school support for Australian adolescents with cancer, cystic fibrosis and anorexia nervosa: parent perspectives. International Journal of Inclusive Education.
  • Crawford, S., Green, J., Bennetts, S.K., et al. (2017). 'Worries’, ‘weirdos', neighbourhoods and knowing people: A qualitative study with parents and children of children’s independent mobility. Health and Place, 45:135-139.
  • Cyril, S., Green, J., Nicholson, J. M. N., Agho, K., Polonsky, M. & Renzaho, A. (2017). Using the nominal group technique to examine the barriers and facilitators to childhood obesity prevention among culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities in Victoria, Australia. Australia New Zealand Journal Public Health, 41: 287-293.
  • Hackworth, N.J., Berthelsen, D., Matthews, J., Westrupp, E.M., Cann, W., Ukoumunne, O.C., Bennetts, S.K., Phan, T., Scicluna, A., Trajanovska, M., Yu, M. & Nicholson. J.M. (2017). Impact of a Brief Group Intervention to Enhance Parenting and the Home Learning Environment for Children Aged 6-36 Months: a Cluster Randomised Controlled Trial. Prevention Science, 18: 337.
  • Hayes, L., Herrman, H., Castle, D. & Harvey, C. (in press). Hope, recovery and symptoms: the importance of hope for people living with severe mental illness, Australasian Psychiatry. DOI 10.1177/1039856217726693
  • Isobel, S., Goodyear, M. & Foster, K. (2017). Psychological trauma in the context of familial relationships: A concept analysis. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse. 38(3), 482-495. DOI:
  • O’Connor, A., Skouteris, H., Nolan, A., Hooley, M., Cann, W. & Williams-Smith, J. (2017). Applying Intervention Mapping to develop an early childhood educators’ intervention promoting parent–child relationships, Early Child Development and Care.
    DOI: 10.1080/03004430.2017.1362401
  • Macvean, M., Shlonsky, A., Mildon, R. & Devine, B. (2017). Parenting interventions for Indigenous child psychosocial functioning: A scoping review. Research on Social Work Practice, 27(3), 307-344. (Previously listed as advance online publication, 2015)
  • Maybery, D., Goodyear, M., Reupert, A., Sheen, J., Cann, W., Dalziel, K., Tchernagovski, P., O’Hanlon, B & von Doussa, H. (2017). Developing an Australian-first recovery model for parents in Victorian mental health and family services: a study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. BMC Psychiatry, 17:198. DOI: 10.1186/s12888-017-1357-4
  • Naughton, M.F.A., D.J., Maybery & Goodyear, M. (2017). Prevalence of mental illness within families in a regional child-focussed mental health service, International Journal of Mental Health Nursing
  • von Doussa, H., Sundbery, J., Cuff, R., Jones, S. and Goodyear, M. (2017). ‘Let's Talk About Children’: Investigating the Use of a Family-focused Intervention in the Gambling Support Services Sector. Australia and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, 38: 482–495. DOI:10.1002/anzf.1233


  • Cook, F., Giallo, R., Petrovic, Z., Coe, A., Seymour, M. & Cann, W. (2016 online). Depression and anger in fathers of unsettled infants: A community cohort study. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 53(2), 131-135. DOI:
  • Cooklin, A.R., Westrupp, E.M., Strazdins, L., Martin, A., Giallo, R., & Nicholson, J.M. (2016). Fathers at work: Work-family conflict, work-family enrichment and parenting in an Australian cohort. Journal of Family Issues. 37(11), 1611-1635.
  • Cyril, S., Green, J., Polonsky, M., Agho, K. & Renzaho, A. (2016). Readiness of communities to engage with childhood obesity prevention initiatives in disadvantaged areas of Victoria, Australia. Australian Health Review. DOI:org/10.1071/AH16069
  • Cyril. S., Halliday, J., Green, J. & Renzaho. (2016). Relationship between body mass index and family functioning, family communication, family type and parenting style among African migrant parents and children in Victoria, Australia:  A parent-child dyad study. BMC Public Health, 15: 707. DOI: 10.1186/s12889-016-3394-1
  • Fisher, J., Rowe, H., Wynter, K., Tran, T., Lorgelly, P., Amir, L.H.. Proimos, J., Ranasinha, S., Hiscock, H., Bayer, J. & Cann, W. (2016). Gender-informed, psychoeducational programme for couples to prevent postnatal common mental disorders among primiparous women: cluster randomised controlled trial. BMJ Open, 2016;6:e009396. DOI:10.1136/bmjopen-2015-009396
  • Goodyear, M., Maybery, D., Reupert, A., Allchin, R., Fraser, C., Fernbacher, S. & Cuff, R. (2016). Thinking families: A study of the characteristics of the workforce that delivers family-focussed practice. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing. DOI: 10.1111/inm.12293
  • Man, W., Wade., C. & Llewellyn, G. (2016). Prevalence of parents with intellectual disabilities in Australia. Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability. DOI: 10.3109/13668250.2016.1218448
  • Nicholson, J.M., Cann, W., Matthews, J., Berthelsen, D., Ukoumunne, O.C., Trajanovska, M., Bennetts, S.K., Hillgrove, T., Hamilton, V., Westrupp, E. & Hackworth, N.J. (2016). Enhancing the early home learning environment: Study protocol and baseline sample characteristics for a cluster randomised controlled trial of a brief parenting group intervention with home coaching. BMC Pediatrics, 16:73. DOI 10.1186/s12887-016-0610-1
  • O’Connor, A., Nolan, A., Bergmeier, H., Hooley, M. Olsson, C., Cann, W., Williams-Smith, J. & Skouteris, H. (2016). Early childhood education and care educators supporting parent-child relationships: A systematic literature review. Early Years: An international research journal, 37(4).
  • Rayner, M., Dimovski, A., Muscara, F., Yamada, J., Burke, K., McCarthy, M., Hearps, S. J. C., Anderson, V. A., Coe, A., Hayes, L., Walser, R. &  Nicholson, J. M. (2016). Participating From the Comfort of Your Living Room: Feasibility of a Group Videoconferencing Intervention to Reduce Distress in Parents of Children With a Serious Illness or Injury. Child & Family Behavior Therapy, 38:3, 209-224. DOI:10.1080/07317107.2016.1203145