Programme no. 301-SY
Quality Improvement
Family matters – children’s and adolescents’ health and wellbeing in a family perspective.
Kirsten Lykke*1, Majbrit Brouer*2, Philip Wilson*3, Ole Rikard Haavet*4, Frøydis Gullbrå*5
1Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen,The Research Unit for General Practice and Section of General Practice, ,DK-1014 Copenhagen,Denmark;Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen,The Research Unit for General Practice and Section of General Practice, ,DK-1014 Copenhagen,Denmark, 2Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen,The Research Unit for General Practice and Section of General Practice, ,DK-1014 Copenhagen,Denmark, 3Centre for Rural Health,Centre for Health Science, University Of Aberdeen,Aberdeen,United Kingdom, 4Department of General Practice,Institute of Health and Society,Oslo,Norway, 5Research Unit for General Practice,Uni Research Health ,Bergen,Norway
* = Presenting author
Symposium
Objectives: The aim of this symposium is to present current research on and knowledge about the impact of family health, social conditions and the emotional environment on children’s health, wellbeing and long-term economic and social outcomes. Challenges in general practice in identifying and supporting these families and their children will be presented.
Background: International research and a growing body of Nordic research on children demonstrate that family health, social conditions and emotional environment have great impact on children’s health, wellbeing and long-term economic and social outcomes. At the same time is it a challenge to identify and support these families and their children in general practice.
Content: The themes of the presentations will address the following areas of child health:

- Introduction to the symposium. Ole Rikard Haavet (N)

- Co-parenting - an update on family dynamics. Knowledge from basic research in psychology. Majbritt Brouer (DK)

- The role of direct observation of the parent-child relationship in the context of the consultation. Philip Wilson (UK)

- Children as next of kin to parents with severe mental or somatic disease or substance abuse. Frøydis Gullbrå (N)

- Living with mentally ill parents during adolescence: a risk factor for future welfare dependence. Lisbeth Homlong (N)

Method: The symposium will content four short oral presentations and leave substantial time for discussion.
Other considerations: We hope that the symposium will be follwed by the workshop: Challenges in clinical practice and in research when dealing with children’s and adolescents’ health and wellbeing in a family perspective.