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Family Troubles? The Ongoing Project

This page acts to document the work of the Family Troubles? conference held at London South Bank University on 8 and 9 July 2010.

 This two day event brought together a number of leading academics in their field to discuss the complexities and issues surrounding the family lives of children and young people and develop an agenda for dealing with these issues in the future.

Speakers and participants

Prof Jill Korbin (Case Western Reserve University), Dr Janet Fink (Open University), Prof Michael Rutter (Kings College London), Prof Rachel Thomson (Open University), Prof Lynn Jamieson (Edinburgh University), Dr Penny Mansfield (One Plus One), Prof Ann Phoenix (Institute of Education), Prof Andrew Cooper (Tavistock Institute), Clem Henricson (Family Parenting Institute) Prof Bill Jordan (University of Plymouth) and Prof Hilton Davis (Kings College, London).

About the events

The event was highly succesful and there are a number of avenues currently being explored to continue colloborations and conversations begun at the event. Leading into publication of an edited collection, this two day event sought to work towards new research agenda and new dialogue between researchers and user-groups by:

  • crossing boundaries between what is often framed as ‘normal’ or ‘problematic’ in the lives of children and young people, paying particular regard to the perspectives of family members themselves of all ages;
  • creating new inter-disciplinary dialogue across a range of relevant disciplines – including sociology, social policy, social work, psychology, anthropology, history, social geography, education and health studies – to focus on a spectrum of family experiences of change and trouble;
  • developing innovatory middle range theoretical frameworks to think across life events and processes that might commonly be regarded as ‘troubling’ in families by exploring research on a range of issues, drawing on, interrogating, critiquing, and developing relevant concepts such as transitions, disruptions, identities, attachment, loss, harm, stress, trauma, well-being, risk, resilience, in/dependence and vulnerability;
  • identifying and clarifying new research agenda, in dialogue with user-groups, to help re-frame how we approach the study of family lives and family troubles in an area of social life currently associated with much public anxiety.

To facilitate and continue these conversations a number of resources surrounding the conference have been set up which can be accessed from the links below. Updates on outputs generated by this event will be documented on this page and the events blog.


Family Troubles? video channel

Conference resources

Abstracts and Presentations