Filling the knowledge gap on how parents are coping
To fill important gaps in our knowledge about how parents are coping and their relationships with their children.
Who we are working with
This research project has been commissioned and funded by the Victorian Government.
What we are doing
In 2016, we conducted the Parenting Today in Victoria survey – the most comprehensive look at the current concerns, needs and behaviours of Victorian parents. The research was repeated again in 2019 to provide an opportunity to measure changes in parents’ experiences.
In both 2016 and 2019, we asked 2600 parents more than 100 questions to glean information that is critical to delivering better outcomes for children. And we gathered valuable information from one of the largest groups of fathers ever surveyed on parenting.
Another survey is planned for early 2022 and will shine a light on what’s changed for parents following the COVID-19 pandemic.
Evidence shows there is a powerful connection between parents’ wellbeing and children’s wellbeing. In 2016, we found more than 90% of parents had confidence in themselves as a parent. However, 40% wished they did not become so impatient with their child so quickly. And while only 4% of parents were suffering from current psychological distress, 40% had experienced depression, anxiety or substance abuse since becoming a parent.
The results of the 2019 research highlight that sleep problems are common for a quarter of parents with young children, and one in five parents of adolescents.
More results from the 2019 survey will be released in the coming months.
Parenting Today in Victoria has already delivered important information to those designing policy and delivering services.
Victorian Minister for Child Protection, Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan spoke about the value of the survey, saying:
“We understand the important role parents play in supporting their children’s wellbeing and development and also the additional challenges that many parents are currently experiencing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Victorian Government is committed to providing evidence-based services and supports to all families and critical to this is a thorough understanding of parents concerns and challenges.
Through the Parenting Today in Victoria survey, the Parenting Research Centre is helping us ensure that all children and families have the support they need to have a great life.”