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 worked with
This research project was commissioned and funded by the Victorian Department of Education and Training.
What we did
We conducted the Parenting Today in Victoria survey – the most comprehensive look at the current concerns, needs and behaviours of Victorian parents.
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. 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.
Parenting Today in Victoria has already delivered important information to those designing policy and delivering services.
Launching the survey findings, Victorian Minister for Families and Children, Early Childhood Education and Youth Affairs 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.