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Healthway funds new research into FIFO/DIDO families

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

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A family-focused resource to support the needs of parents raising adolescent children within a fly in fly out (FIFO) or drive in drive out (DIDO) work pattern is the focus of a new one-year project at ECU's Child Health Promotion Research Centre (CHPRC).

The aim of this research is to investigate major concerns regarding the stresses and strains of parenting within a FIFO/DIDO lifestyle to identify how parenting issues emerge and play out through home and work life, and impact on the longer-term wellbeing of adolescent children. Children and young people that live in FIFO/DIDO families are exposed to the repeated and cyclical absence of the FIFO/DIDO parent; while the at-home parent continually shifts from single parenting when the worker is at work, to two parents parenting when the worker returns home.

Researchers from the CHPRC hope to promote mental health and wellbeing among Western Australian adolescent children that have a parent that is regularly absent from home due to work patterns such as FIFO and DIDO. The resource developed in this study will provide FIFO/DIDO families with positive strategies to assist in effective parenting of adolescents.

If you are interested in taking part in the FIFO/DIDO study and your child or children are between 9-24 years of age, please register here.

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