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Centre for Family Research



Active Studies

To find out more about the child and family research that we are currently busy working on, please see our dedicated 'Active Studies' page:



Social and Cognitive Development and the Family

Group lead: Professor Claire Hughes

We investigate children’s relationships within and outside the family in relation to their developing socio-cognitive skills. In particular, we are interested in social influences and consequences of early individual differences in ‘theory of mind’ (the awareness of one’s own and others’ thoughts, feelings, etc.) and in executive functions (the higher order processes that underpin flexible, goal-directed behaviour).

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Research Group - New Family Forms

Group lead: Professor Susan Golombok

We investigate parent-child relationships and the psychological well being of children in new family forms. These include lesbian mother and gay father families, solo mother families and families created by assisted reproduction procedures such as in vitro fertilisation (IVF), donor insemination, egg donation and surrogacy. We look at the experiences of these families and the social, emotional and identity development of the children.

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