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Kindness – What mothers want (and dads need to know)

A new survey of 291 mothers reveals that what mums want most from their husband or partner – happy and unhappy alike – is kindness, friendship, and somebody interested in them and their children, much more than they need a traditional provider or protector.

Harry Benson, Research Director of Marriage Foundation and co-author of What Mums Want and What Dads Need To Know, commented:

“Almost any relationship thrives where there is kindness. Kindness is everything. It shows thought, consideration, care. It shows you notice and you value. Being kind is an active decision that requires some sort of action. It only takes little things.

“But those little things reveal the character behind them. When somebody is kind, it’s hugely attractive. No wonder mums rate this as the number one quality they want from their husband or partner. If we men could grasp that what mums want most is friendship, interest and kindness, we’d have a lot less heartache and family breakdown, much of which is completely avoidable.

Source: Harry Benson, Research Director of Marriage Foundation.

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Family and relationship services may increase protective factors for children and families at high risk of health and social problems

Family and relationship services and relationship-based prevention and early intervention programmes can address many risk processes that lead to health and social problems, while also building supportive relationships.

Social attachments and support have been described as important protective factors for ensuring mental health, wellbeing and quality of life. Commonly cited as a buffering mechanism against the experience of stressful and adverse life events, social support is often provided within social networks (Heerde, Toumbourou, Hemphill & Olsson, 2015) to provide mutual assistance and support to manage and reduce the impact of stressful events.

Social support lends itself to the potential role of family and relationship services intervening early at the onset of problems and have been associated with reduced anxiety (e.g. Lewinsohn, Gotlib, Lewinsohn, Seeley & Allen, 1998), depressive symptoms (e.g. Stice, Ragan & Randall, 2004), suicidal ideation (Sheeber, Hops, Alpert, Davis & Andrew, 1997) and substance use (e.g. Wills & Vaughan, 1989).

Many cost-effective family and relationship services have an explicit role in building social support to assist individuals and families through vulnerable life transitions.

Family and relationship services play a vital role in reducing health and social problems by:

  • assisting family members to understand and better develop social supports required for health and wellbeing;
  • and building social network for people that are vulnerable by virtue of problems such as an absence of parent role models.

Many of the health and social problems Australia currently faces are preventable. Focused support of the Family and Relationships Services sector can reduce the risks that lead to wider health and social problems, while also building supportive relationships.

Source:

  • Toumbourou, J., Hartman, D., Field, K., Jeffery, R., Brady, J., Heaton, A., Ghayour-Minaie, M., & Heerde, J. (2017). Strengthening prevention and early intervention services for families into the future. Deakin University and Family and Relationships Services Australia (FRSA)

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Strengthening prevention and early intervention services for families into the future

A recent report commissioned by Family and Relationships Services Australia (FRSA) titled Strengthening prevention and early intervention services for families into the future, investigates the current and future potential for the Family and Relationships Services sector to take a greater prevention and early intervention approach in service delivery.

Many of the health and social problems Australia currently faces are preventable. The report aims to initiate a discussion as to how a coordinated strategy to increase family-based prevention and early intervention services could be utilised in Australia to prevent priority health and social problems. The report was completed by consulting expert opinions and drawing upon key policy documents, prior reviews and published sources.

Eight priority health and social problems were identified based on evidence that they have a preventable component through the delivery of family and relationship services:

  1. substance abuse (costing at least $55bn annually
  2. antisocial behaviour (including violence and crime, costing $36Bn, with family violence contributing between $22 and 26Bn in 2015–16)
  3. Obesity ($21Bn)
  4. Mental illness ($8.5Bn in 2014–15; up $911 million from 2010–11)
  5. Developmental injury (e.g., foetal alcohol problems, child neglect and abuse leading to preventable disability)
  6. Chronic illness (including preventable Type 2 diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, asthma, allergies)
  7. School failure (including leaving school and not participating in further education) and
  8. Social exclusion (lack of meaningful and constructive social and economic participation).

Source: Toumbourou, J., Hartman, D., Field, K., Jeffery, R., Brady, J., Heaton, A., Ghayour-Minaie, M., Heerde, J. (2017). Strengthening prevention and early intervention services for families into the future. Deakin University and FRSA

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE >

https://frsa.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/FRSA-Research-Report-Printable.pdf

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