The University of Prince Edward Island invites PEI parents of children aged 2-12 years to complete the International Parenting Survey. It takes just 15-20 minutes and will help Canadian researchers and policymakers better understand challenges and needs of parents.
“Parents across the country and around the world are taking this survey,” says Dr. Philip Smith, professor of psychology at UPEI and co-investigator with the International Parenting Survey. “The data collected on PEI will be used to compare our population with others around the world, but it will also give researchers and policymakers here a good indication of the challenges faced by Island parents.”
The anonymous survey asks parents about their child’s behaviour, their confidence in responding to problems, how they manage their child’s behaviour, and their preferences for how to get support in their parenting.
Data collection on Prince Edward Island is being led at UPEI by Dr. Smith, with the assistance of honours psychology student Elena Buliga. Dr. Smith says researchers are hoping for participation from both mothers and fathers in the survey.
“In other jurisdictions, they’re getting much more participation from mums than dads,” says Dr. Smith. “In fact, 92% of parents who took the survey in Ontario and Alberta were mothers. We’d love to have a more balanced reflection. We, of course, very much want mothers to participate, but we hope fathers will take a few minutes to complete the survey as well.”
Parents can find out more information and take the survey, in English and French, at ips-canada.net.
Dave Atkinson, Research Communications