Centre for Research on Families and Relationships



CRFR Director:
Dr Jenni Harden
CRFR Director:
Dr Michelle King-Okoye

Associate Director:
Dr Ruth Lewis

Theme: Health Illness Wellbeing

Health and Wellbeing


How are health and illness experienced within families and relationships? How do families and relationships influence health? These questions reflect research interests of CRFR researchers working in this area. Our research spans the life-course, from conception to old age, and uses qualitative and quantitative research methods to explore social dimensions of health and illness within families. Specific areas of interest and expertise include: mental health and wellbeing; parenting, childhood and health; reproductive health, older people’s health and wellbeing.




Alcohol Stories

An appetite for life? Changing food habits and health from infancy to childhood in the context of family life in Scotland

Biographical disruption and construction: exploring the effects of living with HIV and parental substance use- ArticleJournal article

Care and support needs of men who survived childhood sexual abuse

Children’s concerns about the health and wellbeing of their parents and significant others – CRFR BriefingReport

Children’s concerns about their sexual health and wellbeing – CRFR BriefingReport

Connect in Care

Digital outreach/reaching out digitally: Online sharing in the face of emotional distress

DisDAT / Impact of learning disability liaison services in South East Scotland on health experiences and outcomes of people with learning disabilities attending for general hospital care

Experiences of older children of drug and alcohol using parents

Food for Thought: Food based training, assessment and intervention tools for carers of looked after children

General Practitioner understanding and management of patients who self-harm

Integrating Abortion within a Specialist contraceptive service (IASC)

Managing the risks and realities of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

Neuroscience and Family Life: The Brain in Policy and Everyday Practice

Parenting support and drug use

Participation for change: carers influencing policy

PROP: Improving evidence sharing in health and social care for older people

SASH: Social aspects of self-harm, drug and alcohol use among young people living in diverse socio-economic contexts