Friends and Social Participation

Relationships with friends and social participation are vital for children to thrive. This is true from early interactions with others to various types of friendships and social situations across childhood and youth. All of these impact on children’s happiness, mental and physical health, and life-long relationships.

Our research investigates the nature and importance of friendships, social participation, and relationships across childhood and youth. We also develop ways to foster and support positive social interactions so that all children can benefit from close, healthy relationships.

Completed projects:

Social participation and neurodisability (SPaN). British Academy of Childhood Disability / Castang £59,762Results paper to be submitted in late 2019.

Improving health in children with disabilities: an intervention-development study to support participation in leisure in 8-12-year-olds with communication and mobility limitations. NIHR £277,700. Papers under preparation.