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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

The measurement and recording of alcohol-related violence and disorder
A report of research commissioned by the Portman Group


1 A sample of recent press coverage of alcohol-related violence and disorder issues can be found on SIRC´s web site at

2 Deehan, A., Home Office Briefing Note (9/00).

3 See also: Burrows, J., Tarling, R., Mackie, A., Lewis, R. and Taylor, G. (2000) Review of police forces´ crime recording practices. Home Office Research Study 204.

4 ‘Police told not to massage crime rate´, Guardian, 1 August 2000.

5 Roberson, G. et al. (1995) Drunkenness among police detainees. Addiction, 90:793 – 803.

6 CAGE is an assessment questionnaire developed by the Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies, University of North Carolina. PAT is the Paddington Alcohol Test.

7 Yates, D.W. et al. (1987) The detection of problem drinkers in the accident andeEmergency department. British Journal of Addictio,. 82:163 – 167.

8 The Caldicott Committe. (1997) Report on the Review of Patient-identifiable Information. Department of Health.

9 Little, K. et al. (1980) Alcohol and the emergency service patient. British Medical Journa,. 281:638 – 640.

10 Yates, D.W., Hadfield, J.M., and Peters, K. (1987) Alcohol consumption of patients attending two accident and emergency departments in north-west England. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. 80: 486-489.

11 Shepherd, J.P. et al (1989) Alcohol consumption among victims of violence and among comparable U.K. populations. British Journal of Addiction, 84:1045–1051.

12 The interviews were conducted in The Hague, Woerden and Rotterdam. We are grateful to Khee Liang Phoa of STIVA for identifying two of the respondents for us and to Simone Hamburg for making all the necessary arrangements for the visits.

13 Brewers and Licensed Retailers Association (BLRA), British Institute of Innkeeping (BII), British Entertainment and Discotheque Association (BEDA), Society of Entertainment Licensing Practitioners (SELP), Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) and British Hospitality Association (BHA). The BLRA is now known as the British Beer & Pub Association

14 A commonly used assessment questionnaire develped by the Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies, University of North Carolina. See also PAT (Paddington Alcohol Test) and MAST (Michigan Alcohol Screening Test).

15 Hough, M. and Tilley, N. (1998) Getting the Grease to Squeak: Research Lessons for Crime Prevention. Home Office Police Policy Directorate

16 Pawson, R. and Tilley, N. (1997) Realistic Evaluation. Sage Publications