Through the course of the first ten years of DECIPHer, the centre developed comprehensive expertise and an excellent track record in research regarding the impact of family structures and relationships on health and well-being. Examples of studies included: feasibility and outcome evaluations of family substance misuse prevention programmes; qualitative studies exploring foster and residential carers’ experiences of managing young people’s self-harm and suicide; the development of interventions to connect schools and families and the adaptation and evaluation of interventions to support people with dementia and their family caregivers.
Consolidating this collective expertise and experience, DECIPHer has established a research programme ‘Healthy Social Relationships’. The programme is led by Dr Rhiannon Evans and Dr Jeremy Segrott. Studies related to these themes intersect with the priorities of other DECIPHer programmes and are supported by methodological innovation across the centre.
Capacity building for the programme is focused on developing Early Career Researchers, including through Post-doctoral Research Fellowships and PhD Studentships. To date PhD studentships have addressed: the experiences and needs of young carers; interventions to support the mental health and well-being of kinship carers; development and evaluation of an intervention to provide nutrition and physical activity during school holidays; and the experiences and needs of expectant fathers.
Establishing priorities and feasibility of interventions for children and families in Solace refuges. (SOLACE)
Mental health provision for children and young people in schools and FE colleges (11-25 years) with experiences of care: Mixed-method study of implementation, acceptability, need and priority outcomes
School-based interventions TO Prevent dating and relationship violence and gender-based violence (STOP-DRV-GBV): systematic review to understand characteristics, mechanisms, implementation and effectiveness