Parenting, Child Behaviour and Wellbeing

The ACAORN Parenting, Child Behaviour and Wellbeing stream was developed in 2011 in response to a recognised need for a focus on parenting, child behaviour and wellbeing within the context of child and adolescent obesity research. The stream brings together a diverse group of clinical and public health researchers from the Australasian region.

Parenting, Child Behaviour and Wellbeing stream members have a strong commitment to the consideration and application of contemporary parenting, child and adolescent behaviour and wellbeing constructs in research and clinical practice relating to child and adolescent obesity.

The Parenting, Child Behaviour and Wellbeing stream goals are to:

  • integrate broader parenting, child behaviour and wellbeing theoretical and empirical literature to inform childhood and adolescent obesity research and practice
  • operationally define and measure parenting, child behaviour and wellbeing constructs in the context of childhood and adolescent obesity research
  • identify appropriate parenting, child behaviour and wellbeing constructs and outcomes to consider in childhood & adolescent obesity research
  • identify areas of importance and future directions for parenting, child behaviour and wellbeing in childhood and adolescent obesity research
  • facilitate collaborations and facilitate high quality research of parenting, child behaviour and wellbeing in the context of obesity
  • provide opportunities for post-graduate and post-doctoral education and training in paediatric obesity research.

The specific objectives of this stream are:

  1. To identify important parenting, child and adolescent behaviour and wellbeing constructs which could be used to further childhood obesity research
  2. To identify gaps in the childhood obesity literature in relation to parenting, child and adolescent behaviour and wellbeing constructs.
  3. To develop research papers that evaluate the optimal definition, measurement and selection of parenting, child and adolescent behaviour and wellbeing constructs within the context of child and adolescent obesity and its associated weight-related lifestyle behaviours
  4. To identify important parenting, child and adolescent behaviour and wellbeing constructs which could be used to improve obesity prevention and treatment.
  5. To provide opportunities for education and training in parenting, child and adolescent behaviour and wellbeing in the context of childhood obesity research.
  6. To encourage parenting, child and adolescent behaviour and wellbeing experts to contribute their expertise to improve childhood obesity research in Australasia.
  7. To facilitate effective communication and collaborations within Australia and foster new collaboration and postdoctoral research opportunities.

A list of ACAORN members can be found at the ACAORN member page and application for membership is also considered.

Contact us

  • (co-leader)
    Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Obesity Research and Education
    Monash University
  • (co-leader)
    Co-director, Priority Research Centre in Physical Activity and Nutrition
    University of Newcastle