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 work with
This research project has been commissioned and funded by the Victorian Government.
What we did
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, with results due to be released in 2020.
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.
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 are due to be released mid-2020.
Parenting Today in Victoria has already delivered important information to those designing policy and delivering services.
Launching the survey findings in 2017, then Victorian Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos MP said Parenting Today in Victoria had established important baseline data.
“These findings present a particular challenge to our service system – how can we more effectively engage and support these families and what services and supports would they find most valuable?”
As we continue to collect this information over time, we will be able to measure progress. As a result, we will deliver the information needed to develop tools and interventions that support parents and families.