The Scott Research Lab is involved in a number of ongoing projects.

Caring Dads: Helping Fathers Value their Children

Caring Dads is a group intervention program for fathers. This group focuses on helping men recognize attitudes, beliefs, and behaviours that support healthy and unhealthy father-child relationships, develop skills for interacting with children in healthy ways, and appreciate the impact on children of controlling, intimidating, abusive and neglectful actions including witnessing domestic violence. Caring Dads is the result of a collaborative effort of representatives from two universities, child protective services, batterer intervention programs, children’s mental health agencies, women’s advocates, centres for children and families involved in the justice system, family resource agencies and probation and parole services.

Fathers and Kids Study

Little research has examined relationships between fathers and their kids and factors which may improve or upset these relationships especially when children have been involved in high-risk situations. That is, where partner violence has occurred. We are interested in how father’s relationships with their children change overtime and how these relationships impact children’s development. The findings of this research will help to contribute to policy as well as how father and child relationships in these situations are viewed.

Pass it On Project

The “Pass it On” project is a 5 week sexualized violence and cyberbullying prevention program currently being run in select middle schools and high schools in the Thames Valley District School Board (TVDSB) in London and Elgin County, Ontario. This project is unique, as it is one of the few North American programs that discuss sexualized violence in middle and high schools using feminist and bystander theory and models.  The Scott Lab is involved in evaluating the efficacy of this program in changing the knowledge, attitudes and beliefs about sexualized violence and cyberbullying in male youth who have participated in the project.

Please see the Publications section of our website for more information.