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What enables families to adapt when faced with adversity?

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Many families experience difficult situations, but some families are better able to cope than others. To explore this further the Social Policy Evaluation and Research Unit (Superu) released In Focus: Family Resilience.

Recently the New Zealand government has focused...

Media Release - New Zealand Families and whānau faring well with the exception of single parents

Today the Social Policy Evaluation and Research Unit (Superu) released the 2015 Families and Whānau Status Report measuring how New Zealand families and whānau are faring across a range of well-being indicators.

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Media release – Vulnerable children of gang-involved parents require greater focus; community-based approaches promising

What Works: Improving outcomes for children of gang-involved parents was released by Superu today. The findings indicate that comprehensive, multi-faceted interventions are more likely than narrowly focused approaches to be effective in addressing the social...

Media Release - Maori worldview key to success for whanau parenting programmes

Today Superu is releasing What Works: Parenting programmes effective with whānau, a summary of the key findings from a Superu research report on effective parenting programmes published in April 2014.


Youth Mental Health Project – formative evaluation

In 2012, the Prime Minister’s Youth Mental Health Project (YMHP) was established to address concerns about mental health vulnerability in young people.

The Youth Mental Health Project is intended to promote the mental health and wellbeing of young people with or at risk of developing mild...

What works for reducing the impact of alcohol on family violence

Today Superu published the paper Reducing the impact of alcohol on family violence. Previously little focus has been given to bringing together research on the role of alcohol in family violence.

The paper summarises what we know about the link between alcohol and family violence...

What works: effective parenting programmes

Family and whānau wellbeing is central to achieving positive social and economic outcomes.

Children who are abused or neglected are at greater risk of poor psychosocial outcomes than their peers, over both the short and long term. Maltreated children are more likely to experience a range...

Paid Parent leave

Superu's role is to provide evidence on a range of social issues. We are currently reviewing the evidence related to paid parental leave and will make this available on our website in coming weeks.


The wider economic and social costs of obesity

The wider economic and social costs of obesity

Obesity is an important global issue that has severe social and economic impacts on people, their families and whanau, and society.

New Zealand has one of the highest obesity rates in the developed world and the prevalence of obesity...

Last update: 26 Mar 2017