Wirral Child Health and Development Study
A collaborative study of the Universities of Manchester and Liverpool with the Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, the Wirral Primary Care Trust and Western Cheshire PCT.
Medical Research Council
Members of the project
|Professor Jonathan Hill||Principal investigator|
|Professor Andrew Pickles||Investigator|
|Dr Helen Sharp||Investigator|
|Dr Gill Lancaster||Investigator|
- To determine the relative contributions of long-standing, and immediate antenatal and post-natal factors in predicting quality of parenting and infant development. The focus is on multiple antenatal stressors and on aspects of parenting and infant development associated with the development of later childhood behavioural problems
- To identify sources of resilience, both in terms of individual characteristics of babies that make them resilient when faced with environmental stressors and parenting qualities that reduce risks in vulnerable babies.
- To establish a sample with low to high levels of stress during pregnancy for developmental follow-up beyond one year.
Investigators: Prof Jonathan Hill, Dr Helen Sharp, Prof Andrew Pickles and Dr Gill Lancaster
Collaborators: Lynne Murray, University of Reading; Dale Hay, University of Cardiff; John Quinn, University of Liverpool; Vivette Glover, Imperial College London.
Study administrator: Liz Green
Research midwives: Karen Lunt, Carol Bedwell, Belinda Thompson
Antenatal interviewers: Julie Carlisle, Kate Marks, Nichaela Broyden, Jenny Lee, Joanne Roberts, Helen Jones, Melissa Bensinyor
Infant assessors: Florin Tibu, Carol Sadler, Jeanette Appleton
Mother & baby assessors: Kate Marshall and Gillian Fairclough
For more information about the study, see:
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