Professor Heather Turner, Research Associate at the Crimes Against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire, the US, speaking at the conference.
DOHA: The 4th International Symposium: Parenting and Child Wellbeing: Theory and Practice is a two-day interdisciplinary event organised by QU’s Department of Social Sciences in the College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) and sponsored by Qatar International Islamic Bank and the Social Rehabilitation Center.
Concluding today, the conference features keynote speakers from Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the USA. In total, 13 separate presentations and discussions focus on issues including parent-child interaction, approaches to parenting and discipline, child abuse and neglect, social change and child welfare and child development.
CAS Dean Dr Eiman Mustafawi opened the event, followed by QU’s Associate Professor of Sociology Dr Kaltham Al Ghanim, who welcomed the international, regional and local delegates. Dr Al Ghanim said: “This symposium aims to align practices relating to child welfare here in Qatar with the best standards internationally, within the contexts of society and culture. We are grateful to our partners for their professional expertise which plays an important part in Qatar’s development.”
Professor Heather Turner, research associate at the Crimes Against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire, USA opened the conference with a presentation highlighting the factors which contribute to, or help limit, mental health problems in children. She spoke about the importance to children of having a loving, supportive, interactive and stable family which employs consistent and appropriate discipline. When one or more of these things do not occur, it can contribute to a child’s inclination to mental health issues at the time or later in life, she argued.
Other topics raised on the opening day included social change and child welfare, parent training programs, children’s human rights and identifying and responding to child abuse by speakers from the Doha International Institute for Family Studies and Development, Hamad Medical Corporation and Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar, the University of New Hampshire, USA and Georgia State University, USA.