IOE - Faculty of Education and Society


VIRTUAL EVENT: Family relationship influences on child and adolescent mental health

16 December 2020, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm

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In this webinar, Gordon Harold examines the role of inter-parental and parent-child relationship dynamics for child-adolescent mental health and emotional, behavioural, and academic outcomes.

This event is free.

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The salience of specific family relationship experiences for child and adolescent mental health and development is well-recognized and has a long research history. 

This is true whether we consider the quality of inter-parental or parent-child relationships. 

Questions remain, however, as to the relative role of genetic and family environmental factors (and their interplay) in understanding mental health outcomes and other areas of child-adolescent development, such as academic attainment. 

In this talk, Gordon Harold will draw on an array of novel research designs that make it possible to disentangle the impacts of nature and nurture. He will also discuss examples of recent applications of this research to the development of evidence-based intervention programmes in the UK.

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About the Speaker

Gordon Harold

Professor of the Psychology of Education and Mental Health at the University of Cambridge

Gordon’s research focuses on children’s mental health, in particular the impact of early-rearing adversities and the interplay between genetic factors, pre-natal, and post-natal rearing experiences. 

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