Seminars

CRFR informal seminars are FREE but booking is essential. To register please email: crfr.events@ed.ac.uk (CRFR reserves the right to charge a £5 cancellation fee if a booking is made but the delegate fails to appear)

Please feel free to bring your lunch if the seminar is held at CRFR (we will provide water, but as the seminars are free we cannot provide tea or coffee. You are welcome to bring some with you. The University of Edinburgh Business School Café is nearby)


CRFR informal seminar

Can we put the ‘poverty of aspiration’ myth to bed now?

Tuesday 20 February 2018 • 12.30pm to 1.30pm

CRFR meeting room, 23 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh

Dr Morag Treanor
University of Stirling

Children’s less successful progress in education is often blamed on their, and/or their parents’ ‘low aspirations’. This has become known as the ‘poverty of aspiration’. Aspirations have become a key educational policy driver in Scotland and the rest of the UK, and are seen as critical levers for closing the attainment gap between children and young people of high and low socioeconomic backgrounds.

This seminar presents research using responses from parents and children in the birth cohort study ‘Growing Up in Scotland’ to dispel the myth of the ‘poverty of aspiration’.


CRFR informal seminar

Healthy versus unhealthy family systems

Tuesday 6 March 2018 • 12.30pm to 1.30pm

CRFR meeting room, 23 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh

Jóna Margrét Ólafsdóttir

Faculty of Social Work, University of Iceland

Substance Use Disorder is a disease where the social costs are high. Negative effects of drug abuse go well beyond the health and condition of the person who abuses. Research has shown a strong link between addiction and the disruption of family relationships, including severe psychosocial and physical effects on family members such as depression, anxiety, and stress. Depression affecting parents can contribute to the mental, physical, and social neglect of their children.

This seminar will discuss the results of a recent study in Iceland which indicated that 36% or more of the respondents had average, serious, or very serious depression, anxiety, and/or stress.

 

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