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

Guidelines published on medical story hype

Financial Times – 22-Sept-2000.

Guidelines on science and health communication, designed to put an end to damaging scare stories and hype about "miracle cures", were published yesterday.

The guidelines – drawn up by the Social Issues Research Centre in Oxford, the Royal Institution in London, doctors, scientists and journalists – emphasise that scientists and journalists share responsibility for ensuring accurate and unbiased reporting of research findings.

A rule of thumb suggests that anyone about to release a story about a potential health risk or potential cure should imagine what effect it would have on a close friend or relation who was vulnerable to such information, for example a parent with cancer or a friend on the pill.

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