Motherhood in Western Europe

Insights from Western European Mothers

The changing face of motherhood — Western Europe

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

Child Obesity and Health

An analysis of the latest available data from the Health Survey for England (HSE)

Child Obesity and Health — download the full report in pdf format

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

The Future of Freemasonry

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

The Changing Face of Motherhood

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

Is Breast Best, Wine Worse or Science a Sham?

ABIX – Australasian Business Intelligence – 20-Aug-1999

British medical experts believe public trust in science is declining because of the conflicting messages about what is good for health. Peter Marsh of the independent Social Issues Research Centre in Great Britain says people's faith in science is dwindling. Depending on which doctors are trusted, aspirin might cure headaches and prevent heart attacks.

Breast milk could give babies a boost against infection or pass on toxic pollutants. Red wine in moderation might be good for the heart, but little is known about beer. Marsh says the psychological fallout of contradictory messages manifests itself in three distinct ways: people become "gibbering wrecks"; they defy the messages and deliberately consume what is supposedly bad for them; or people suffer "warning fatigue" and stop listening.

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