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Children and Families Research Centre

Lee Zanoni

Lee Bevitt

 

Title : Ms
Emaillee.zanoni@students.mq.edu.au
Phone : 98509827
Office room number : X5B 236

 

Introduction

Lee Zanoni  is a Psychology postgraduate student, studying for her PhD at the Children and Families Research Centre, Macquarie University.

Lee has a BA from UNSW and a BPsych(Hons) from Macquarie University. She is currently a PhD candidate conducting research on fathers at the Newpin Fathers' Centre. She recently presented her preliminary findings at the Australian Institute of Family Studies conference in Melbourne.

PhD Title : Processes of change for men in the Newpin Fathers Centre.

Research Interest

Fathers in child protection families.

The role of fathers in child maltreatment families has been largely overlooked by policymakers, services and research. It is often assumed that fathers are either irrelevant or harmful influences in the lives of children referred to protective services. However, there is increasing evidence showing that involved, nurturing fathers are important to children's wellbeing and can serve as a protective factor in families at risk of child maltreatment. The Newpin Fathers Program is a unique fathers' parenting intervention program providing support for fathers who want to care for their children rather than have them in foster care. Each year the program is successful in facilitating the restoration of a number of children from foster care to their father's care. Preliminary findings of a longitudinal study of approximately 30 fathers in this program will be presented. The study aims to investigate changes in the fathers' attitudes to themselves and their parenting, measuring constructs such as parenting stress, self-efficacy, mental health and social networks. The presentation discusses findings from the Time 1 interviews, which highlight the issues and needs of these men. The presentation concludes with an argument for the need to involve fathers in intervention approaches to child protection.

 

Community Outreach

Zanoni, L. (August, 2014). 'A Longitudinal Study of Child Welfare Fathers Attending a Parenting Intervention Program in Sydney: Which Factors are Most Strongly Associated with Parenting Risk Measures?' Paper presented at the Association of Childrens Welfare Agencies (ACWA) conference in Sydney on the topic

Zanoni, L. (August, 2012).  'From foster care to father care: Preliminary findings from the Newpin fathers' parenting intervention program. The Children and Families Research Centre Colloquium Series.

Zanoni, L. (July, 2012). 'From foster care to father care: Preliminary findings from the Newpin fathers' parenting intervention program. The 12th Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference, Melbourne Convention Centre.

Publications

Zanoni, L. (2014). Child Protection Fathers' Experiences of Childhood, Intimate Partner Violence and Parenting. Children and Youth Services Review 46, 91-102 DOI 10.1016/j.childyouth.2014.08.009

Zanoni, L., Warburton, W., Bussey, K., & McMaugh, A. (2014). Are all fathers in child protection families uncommitted, uninvolved and unable to change? Children and Youth Servies Review (41), 83-94.

Zanoni, L., Warburton, W., Bussey, K., & McMaugh, A.  (2013). Fathers as 'core business' in child welfare practice and research: An interdisciplinary review. Children and Youth Services Review(0). doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2013.04.018