Parental disadvantage, for example lower household income and lower education level, can affect child wellbeing and development. It has been linked to poorer child physical, emotional and cognitive development.
However, what parents do, and how they are supported, can make a positive difference and act as a buffer against the effects of disadvantage. Characteristics of parenting behaviour such as responsive care, sensitivity, positive (not harsh) parenting methods and engaging in home learning can all improve child outcomes.
The Parenting Today in Victoria Study aims to inform the decisions the Victorian Government makes in its support of Victorian parents. This Research Brief focuses on parents experiencing socio-demographic disadvantage and psychological vulnerability. It explores their behaviours and practices, including help and information seeking.