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Associations between socioeconomic disadvantage and parenting behaviours in Flying Start areas in Wales

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JournalJournal of Children's Services
DatePublished - 2013
Issue number4
Number of pages10
Pages (from-to)254-263
Original languageEnglish


– Socio-economic disadvantage is linked to poor parenting skills and subsequently poorer child development. The most deprived geographical areas in Wales have been targeted under the Welsh Government Flying Start scheme to receive additional resources. Unfortunately, many in-need families either lived outside these areas or required further intervention above what was provided. The Welsh Government decision to extend Flying Start is appropriate but the proposed targeting method may still fail to reach all high-risk families. The purpose of this paper is to explore an alternative targeting method.

– The current study examined the association between five socio-economic and demographic risk factors and parenting outcomes in a sample of Flying Start families.

– Quality of housing (overcrowding and housing standards) played a significant role in predicting poorer parenting outcomes in terms of language and home stimulation. Exposure to multiple risk predicted poorer outcomes regardless of which risk factors were present.

– This paper contributes to discussion about effective ways of allocating limited resources to best effect.

    Research areas

  • Parenting, Early childhood, Early intervention service, Socio-economic disadvantage, Targeting, Toddlers, Preschool children

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