University of Sussex

Understanding children's mental health

Research led by Professor Gordon Harold at the University of Sussex has fundamentally shifted the government’s approach to child mental health.

Professor Harold's research has compellingly dismantled the idea that children are only affected by their genes; instead his research shows the positive impact of good parenting and healthy relationships between parents, whether married, living together or genetically related.

He works with families of adopted children, families where children have been born through assisted reproductive techniques such as IVF, and those where parents are divorced or separated.

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