Current Projects


The Childhood Adversity Study

This study aims to examine the associations among childhood adversity, emotional and psychological well-being, and relationship quality between mothers and young adults. The results of the study will provide a better understanding of the experiences of individuals exposed to adverse life events and will be used to develop and bonify interventions offered. Recruitment is now complete.

Perinatal Experiences and Parent-Child Relationships

This project aims to document early risk and protective factors – parents’ mental health, relational functioning, perinatal complications, and early parent-child attachment behaviours – associated with intergenerational continuity of family violence in vulnerable families.

Research-Practice Collaboration with L’Envol: Services d’aide aux jeunes mères

L’Envol: Programme d’aide aux jeunes mères is an organization that provides various services to vulnerable young mothers (25 years-old and under) and their offspring. ReACT lab and L’Envol are working together to foster evidence based practice and improve service utilization.

The International Study of Parenting Norms 

This study is an international collaboration that aims to investigate cross-cultural differences in parenting behaviours and its associations with mental health, well-being and how people in different cultures respond to various life events. Our pilot project will collect data in Canada, Cameroon, Germany, and Japan, and for the full project, we will expand recruitment to include a more global representation. The results of the study will help identify cross-cultural norms around parenting and discipline and will be used in specific community-based interventions as well as inform practices and polices across diverse populations around the world. Recruitment has ended.

Intergenerational cycles of reported child maltreatment: A descriptive study

This study aims to document the characteristics of families involved in intergenerational cycles of reported child maltreatment using data from one of Montreal’s Child Protective Agency (CCSMTL). It will provide essential local data on this recognized but undocumented phenomenon.

Intergenerational continuity of reported child maltreatment: Epidemiological study of the prevalence and health-related risk factors

This project aims to provide data on the prevalence of the intergenerational continuity of child maltreatment by linking official data from Quebec Child Protective Agencies, the Régie de l’assurance-maladie du Québec (RAMQ), and the Ministère de la santé et des services sociaux (MSSS). Prevalence will be documented based on the first six years following delivery among young Quebec mothers who were between the ages of 13 and 25 at the time of delivery. The project will also evaluate whether a mother’s history of child maltreatment is a risk factor for second generation maltreatment, and will examine whether prevalence rates and health-related risk factors differ depending on maltreatment type.

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