Ongoing Research Studies
Singapore Children’s Society is currently carrying out research on the following subject matters:
The Impact of Cyber Environments on Adolescents
The 21st century is an era of rapid advancement in Information and Communication Technology and the cyber environment has made significant improvements in our lives. Children and adolescents today are benefiting from these advancements while being exposed to a unique set of challenges, notably, cyberbullying and internet addiction.
This study is conducted in collaboration with the Institute of Mental Health, volunteer Dr Angeline Khoo, and University of Turku, Finland. It aims to compare cross-cultural data on cyber-usage and to explore the various factors associated with internet addiction and cyberbullying among adolescents in Singapore and Finland. In particular, the study examines how internet addiction and cyberbullying are related to physical and mental well-being as well as help-seeking and other associated behaviours among adolescents.
Preliminary findings of the study: Click here to view the poster.
Child Abuse and Neglect
Replicated Studies on Perceptions of Child Abuse and Neglect in Singapore
Since the initial studies on perceptions of child abuse and neglect in Singapore over a decade ago, there have been major changes to the policies and processes protecting children. To understand what Singaporeans currently think about child abuse and neglect, we replicated our earlier studies by surveying members of the public and relevant professionals in 2010 and 2011 respectively.
In 2012, two posters were presented at the 19th ISPCAN (International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect) International Congress on Child Abuse and Neglect.
- “Public Perceptions of Child Abuse and Neglect in Singapore: Differences in Perceptions among Singaporeans”, focuses on investigating the influence of socio-economic status on perceptions of child abuse and neglect among Singaporeans.
- “Professional and Public Perceptions of Child Abuse and Neglect in Singapore: A Comparative Cross-Sectional Study”, focuses on comparing perceptions of child abuse and neglect between relevant professionals and the public.
This is a longitudinal study that started in 2004, in light of the growing trend of dual-income families. In collaboration with the KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital, the study examines contemporary care-giving practices in Singapore, and how these might impact mother-child attachment and children’s socio-emotional development. Three cohorts of first-time mothers have taken part in this research study, which is still ongoing. Preliminary findings include:
- An analysis of care practices, temperament and attachment. Click here to view the findings.
- An analysis of a complete cohort. Click here to view the findings.
Based on a survey we conducted in 2016, resilience was identified as the top area of research that would enhance the work of practitioners from Singapore Children’s Society. To follow-up, we conducted focus group discussions with practitioners to better understand the specific research areas related to resilience that would be the most beneficial to their work with clients. Our upcoming research study on resilience will be designed based on practitioners’ insights, as well as a review of the existing research literature. Findings from the study will be directly relevant and applicable to interventions that aim to build resilience in our beneficiaries.