By Geraldine Brady, Pam Lowe, Sonja Olin Lauritzen
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Some of the interventions the texts discuss are directed at primary school, others at adolescents; the intervention activities differ in content and duration. Nevertheless, these aspects do not appear to have an influence on the discourse when comparing the research articles. For instance, texts referring to interventions offered to adolescents do not discuss children’s experiences of, or motives to engage or not engage in the intervention, to any greater extent than do those involving children in primary school.
28 Pam Lowe et al. 2010, O’Connor et al. 2012, Satel and Lilienfeld 2013). As Rose and Abi-Rached 2013 argue (2013) while policymakers may look to neuroscience for answers to issues such as enhancing child development or reducing anti-social behaviour, to date it has few answers. Moreover, the areas of policy now using brain development to give weight to their claims are often those with a longer history of similar interventions. Rose and Abi-Rached (2013: 162) suggest that while the neuroscientific arguments may be being used to give policy initiatives ‘a sheen of objectivity’, they are also an important indicator of a shift of broader understandings about the brain.
Although the use of a neuro-vocabulary of synapses, neurons and cortisol might suggest that new scientific evidence demands a shake-up of existing ways of raising children, in fact, the recommendations using the authority of brain science are remarkably similar to existing ideas about what (and who) constitutes good parenting. This suggests that it is cultural norms, rather than scientific discovery, that are shaping the claims of good parenting within policy (Thompson and Nelson 2001, Wilson 2002).
Children, health and well-being : policy debates and lived experience by Geraldine Brady, Pam Lowe, Sonja Olin Lauritzen