More detailed interviews, with a smaller group of mothers, explore social networks and the type of support received (contrasting family and neighbours). They discuss in detail what the neighbourhood means to them, their fears for their children as they helped them to explore and use neighbourhood facilities, and the strategies used to allow children to become independent and establish their own neighbourhood boundaries.
Down Our Way gives a unique evidence–based insight into neighbourhoods and parenting and effectively illustrates the influence of community on children and the family.
2. The Families and Neighbourhoods Study.
3. An introduction to some of the families.
4. Is this where I want to belong?
5. What can we do? Where can we go?
6. Local friends a unique role?
7. Discipline and control.
8. Children out and about.
9. Is it better to belong to the neighbourhood?
10. Conclusions and implications for the future.
Appendix 1. The survey.
Appendix 2. The qualitative study.
After qualifying at the University of Wisconsin to be an educational psychologist she returned to the UK and was awarded her PhD in Psychology from London University in 1983.
In the 1980s she developed the Early Years Behaviour Checklist with Naomi Richman, a widely used measure of the behavioural problems of young children in group settings. She also worked at Harvard in the USA, returning afterwards to London University. Her current research interests are: evaluation of early intervention programmes related to children s health and development and parenting; community characteristics and the environment as they relate to family functioning and children; and the use of child care in the early years, particularly factors associated with mothers of returning to work after having a new baby.