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Parental Relationships Part 1: Influences and Effects for Medical Doctors

Speciality Classification
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Time / Duration
30 minutes
Subject matter expert
e-Learning for Healthcare

The session aims to help you understand the effect of the parent-to-parent relationship on children’s health and wellbeing and to help you support families where there is relationship distress.

Learning objectives

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • Recognise the importance and effect of parental relationships on child health and wellbeing
  • Describe how parental conflict and separation influences a child’s health and wellbeing
  • Identify the importance of father involvement for children
  • Recognise the importance of support for families experiencing distress in the parental couple relationship

There is compelling evidence that the quality of the parent-to-parent relationship has significant impact on social, psychological and educational outcomes for children. The decline in relationship satisfaction for many couples begins in the transition to parenthood and without support can lead to crisis and ultimately separation and divorce. When children experience multiple changes in their family structure in the early years of a child’s life, the outcomes for children across a range of indicators are, on average, significantly poorer.

Instructors / Speakers
Penny Mansfield,
Director, One Plus One

Penny Mansfield is a sociologist and specialist in qualitative research on marriage and couple relationships and on evidence-based practice and policy.

She was the Principal Investigator of a longitudinal study of the early years of marriage and the transition to parenthood (Mansfield and Collard, 1988) and has researched and written extensively on adult couple relationships. Penny is a frequent contributor to TV and radio programmes on family issues and a member of the expert group on the Healthy Child Programme.

Parental Relationships Part 1: Influences and Effects for Medical Doctors
Interest Areas / Topics Covered
Child and family health, Child health/paediatrics/immunisation, Children and young peoples health, Maternal-child
Provider Type
Education Provider
Time / Duration
30 minutes
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