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Teenage pregnancy review recognised with international award

28 June 2012

A prestigious international award has been presented to an academic from Canterbury Christ Church University for a review of parenting programmes and the benefits for teenage parents.

Esther Coren, Senior Lecturer at the University’s Research Centre for Children, Families and Communities, was presented with the Leonard. E. Gibbs award on behalf of a team of co-authors for a review entitled: Individual and Group Based Parenting Programmes for Improving Psychosocial Outcomes for Teenage Parents and their Children.

The team brought together evidence from eight studies in a review that is considered the most recent and up-to-date summary of evidence within this field of study. This review supersedes the original review, led by Esther in 2001.

Esther said: “Most Western European counties view parenting programmes as a priority and as an important means of supporting teenage parents and improving developmental outcomes for their children.

“The results of this review provide some evidence to suggest that parenting programmes may be effective in improving a number of aspects of parent-child interaction both in the short- and long-term. However, further research is needed to assess the benefits of parenting programmes, especially for young fathers.

Esther continued: “We are delighted that the review has been recognised on the international stage and it was a great honour to receive the award on behalf of an illustrious team of authors.”

The Leonard E. Gibbs award honours the finest systematic review in social welfare published within the Campbell Collaboration, an international research network that produces systematic reviews of the effects of social interventions.

The winners of the award, which aims to encourage the production of rigorous systematic reviews that can inform social welfare policy and practice, were judged by the Social Welfare Coordinating Group in 2010-2011. The award was presented at the twelfth annual Campbell Collaboration Colloquium, Copenhagen, Denmark. The other contributors to the review were: Jane Barlow, Nadja Smailagic, Cathy Bennett, Nick Huband, Hannah Jones.

For more information about Canterbury Christ Church University's Research Centre for Children, Families and Communtiies, visit: http://www.canterbury.ac.uk/Research/Centres/CFC/Home.aspx

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Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With nearly 20,000 students, and five campuses across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • We are the third highest university in England for graduates in employment, with 94.3% of our most recent UK undergraduates employed or in further study six months after completing their studies.
  • Christ Church is the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2010 UCAS).
  • We are the South East’s largest provider of courses for public service careers (outside of London).
  • 2012 is the University’s Golden Jubilee, reflecting on 50 years of higher education and innovation.

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