Family, kinship and childhood

handsClosely related to our research interests in reproductive and genetic medicine, these projects focus more on the socio-ethical effects that these technologies can have on ideas about families and family members. In doing so we generate useful empirical data on families and kinship, as well as bring fresh light to traditional debates about the identity of individuals in and outside families, their obligations and responsibilities, and past and future community narratives.

Below is a list of current and past projects on families, kinship and childhood:

Donor conception, secrecy, and the voice of the UK patients (2012, Sociology of Health and Illness Foundation Mildred Blaxter post-doctoral fellowship, £39,100 to Ilke Turkmendag)

Kinship and genetic journeys: A study of the experiences of families who are referred to paediatric genetics 2008 – 2012, ESRC, £395,000 to PEALS, Principal Investigator Janice McLaughlin, Co-Investigators Erica Haimes and Dr Michael Wright, Northern Genetics Service

Ethics of family in health and social care research consortium PEALS is a partner in this new research consortium, launched 2011, bringing a family relational perspective to ethical issues in health and social care

Parenthood and nonparenthood in an age of reproductive technologies 2009-2011, British Academy, £6,900, Principal Investigator Stephanie Lawler, Co-investigator Jackie Leach Scully

Parents, Professionals and Disabled Babies: Identifying Enabling Care 2009, ESRC, Principal Investigator Dan Goodley (University of Sheffield), Co-Investigator Janice McLaughlin

Genetics and Kinship- finding morality at their intersection. Living with the aftermath of genetic testing for Lynch Syndrome . What are the intersections between genetics and kinship? 2007-2011, Cancer Research UK Nursing Fellowship, £160,000, Academic Supervisor and grant holder Dr Janice McLaughlin

Parent and staff reactions to feticide prior to termination of pregnancy for fetal anomaly 2004,  Newcastle Health Care Charity, £57,486 of which £3,552 to PEALS,, Principal Investigators Stephen Robson and Judith Rankin; Erica Haimes consultant on qualitative analysis and on socio-ethical aspects of research

IVF and stem cell research: networking collaboration 2004,  Medical Research Council, Principal Investigator Professor Peter Braude, Guy’s, Kings and St. Thomas’ School of Medicine; extends Murdoch, Strachan and Haimes grant


Latest publications in this area include:

McLaughlin J, Clavering EK. Visualising Difference, Similarity and Belonging in Paediatric Genetics. Sociology of Health and Illness 2012, 34(4). In Press

McLaughlin J. Modes of care and mothering: How does citizenship and care intersect in the lives of mothers of disabled children?. In: Dahl, HM; Keränen, M; Kovalainen, A, ed. Europeanization, Care and Gender: Global Complexities. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011, pp.94-107

McLaughlin J, Clavering EK. Questions of kinship and inheritance in pediatric genetics: substance and responsibility. New Genetics and Society 2011, 30(4), 399-413

Clavering EK, McLaughlin J. Children's participation in health research: from objects to agents?. Child: Care, Health and Development 2010, 36(5), 603-611