Evaluation of ‘My Mum and Dad Argue a Lot’ workshops: supporting families through the recession (2010)

28 March 2012

There is compelling evidence that how parents get on – or do not get on – influences children’s lives, affecting the health and well-being of the family and quality of relationships, including those between parent and child. Research suggests that during times of increased financial stress and uncertainty, families are at risk of experiencing conflict.

OnePlusOne was one of 25 organisations involved in the national ‘Kids in the Middle’ (KITM) project, which aimed to improve Children’s Centre workers and other practitioners’ abilities to support families experiencing increased relationship stress associated with the ‘financial downturn’. Following a review of recent research evidence, OnePlusOne updated and adapted the existing ‘My Mum and Dad Argue a Lot’ resources to meet the remit of this project. This included drawing more reference towards conflict arising from financial pressure.

This report outlines the delivery of these one day workshops and presents the main evaluation findings in terms of: improvements to practitioners’ knowledge, awareness and confidence; and the use of the training and resources in practitioners’ work with parents. Some difficulties in supporting parents who are experiencing conflict are identified and suggested improvements for further training and support for families are outlined.

Full text available at:

Houlston, C. & Coleman, L. (2010). Evaluation of ‘My Mum and Dad Argue a Lot’ workshops: supporting families through the recession. OnePlusOne.

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