Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Study of working mums wins research award

Study of working mums wins research award

A researcher, who sees a gap between policy and practice in the Government’s position on women’s roles, today (Tuesday 5 December) won an award as most promising new researcher at an Early Childhood Research Conference at Whitireia Community Polytechnic.

The award was given by the Child Forum Research Network to Massey University Masters of Psychology student Ella Kahu for her study of government policy and the decisions women make about their roles as mother and worker.

She analysed the Ministry of Women’s Affairs Action Plan for New Zealand Women and the views of first-time mothers and found that while freedom to choose is part of the policy’s vision for women, in practice paid work is privileged over caring roles.

Ella, 43, who is a mother of two teenagers, says government policy is driven by economics a lot more than the needs of women, resulting on pressure on women to work. “We fought for the opportunity to do anything and we ended up having to do everything.”

For her Masters project, runner-up My Wilkstedt tackled the controversial subject of the physical punishment of children and interviewed 100 parents in New Zealand and Sweden. Sweden outlawed the physical discipline of children in 1979.

My, 28, who came from Sweden to study in New Zealand, found that parents who had realistic expectations of their child’s abilities were more likely to use positive disciplining methods. Parents who used physical discipline rarely felt good about it, and most described it as a last resort. She also surveyed parents on general acceptance of violence.

“There was a huge difference in attitudes to violence between the two countries,” she says, with the New Zealanders’ acceptance scores being more than three times higher.

Conference convenor Dr Sarah Farquhar says more award nominations were received than in the previous four years the Award has been running. “The standard of work was high, making judging difficult. Ella Kahu and My Wilkstedt hold tremendous promise as researchers who could make a strong contribution to early childhood research.”

The pair plan to pursue their research. Ella has enrolled in a PhD and My, who is working as a research and policy analyst for the Families Commission, intends to carry out research in developing countries. Ella is presenting her research to delegates today.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: on the inquiry into the abuse of children in care

Apparently, PM Jacinda Ardern has chosen to exclude faith-based institutions from the government’s promised inquiry into the abuse of children in state care.

Any role for religious institutions – eg the Catholic Church – would be only to observe and to learn from any revelations that arise from the inquiry’s self-limiting focus on state-run institutions… More

 

Gordon Campbell: On Jim Anderton
For anyone born after 1975, it is hard to grasp just how important a figure Jim Anderton was, for an entire generation.
During the mid to late 1980s, Anderton was the only significant public figure of resistance to the Labour government’s headlong embrace of Thatcherism...More>>

ALSO:


Gong Time: New Year's Honours List

Jacinda Ardern today congratulated the 179 New Zealanders named on the 2018 New Year’s Honours List.

“Although this list was compiled and completed by the last government, it is a pleasure to welcome in the New Year by recognising exceptional New Zealanders,” Jacinda Ardern said.

“As an Aunty, I love reading books to my nieces, so it’s lovely to congratulate Joy Cowley, who is made a member of the Order of New Zealand today....More
Full list


Roads: National launches bid to save highway projects

The National Party has launched a series of petitions aimed at saving regional highway projects at risk because of the Government’s obsession with Auckland trams…More>>

ALSO:


Medical Cannabis: Bill Introduced to “ease suffering”

Health Minister Dr David Clark says making medicinal cannabis more readily available will help relieve the suffering of people who are dying in pain More>>

ALSO:

Campbell: On The Quest For Zero Net Carbon Emissions
Some would querulously ask, zero net carbon emissions by 2050 – while others would say, why not?
More>>

ALSO:

CPAG Report: The Further Fraying Of The Welfare Safety Net

New Zealand’s welfare system has undergone a major transformation during the past three decades. This process has seriously thwarted the original intent of the system, which was to provide a decent standard of living for all New Zealanders in times of need... More>>

ALSO:


 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages