Insights from Western European Mothers
The accompanying reports combine a review of existing literature with an analysis of original quantitative data derived from a poll of 9,582 mothers from 12 countries in Western Europe, making it one of the largest studies of this kind ever conducted
An analysis of the latest available data from the Health Survey for England (HSE)
In this ‘National Childhood Obesity Week’, the SIRC report, Children, obesity and heath: Recent trends, holds up a true mirror, accurately reflecting the trend towards slimmer, healthier children. more
An examination of the role of Freemasonry in the 21st century
This report is, as far as we know, an account of the first ever study that has been commissioned by Freemasons from a non-Masonic body. None of the SIRC members involved in the project are Freemasons, a fact that evoked surprise and welcome in equal measure from the Lodge members we met. more
Insights from three generations of mothers
The report seeks to answer some specific questions about the changing face of motherhood and determine the extent to which modern ‘solutions’ to motherhood are more or less beneficial than the solutions of the past. more
Government health move in line with SIRC advice
The Social Issues Research Centre has for some time been expressing strong criticism of the patronising, prescriptive and alarmist approach to health promotion adopted by the Health Education Authority.
SIRC's research on the side effects of health warnings, the findings of which were widely reported in the media and circulated among health officials, showed that such methods are not only ineffective, but also potentially damaging to public health.
We therefore welcome the Government's decision (reported in the Telegraph, 12 January) to close the HEA and replace it with a new Health Development Agency focusing on more pragmatic and useful objectives, such as reducing health inequalities and tackling major diseases.