How do parents know when to give their children more responsibility? When should they pass over the reins and when should parents hold back? Surprisingly, there is not a lot of concrete information or advice for parents on this topic known as governance transfer.
A group of researchers will be working in Vernon, as well as a town in Sweden, to find out how this transfer of responsibility from parent to child really works.
The name of the project is Over 2U and the investigators are Sheila Marshall and Richard Young, from the University of B.C., and Lauree Tilton-Weaver, from Örebro University in Sweden
“The study is designed to understand more about governance transfer and ultimately help parents understand how to handle this complicated time in their children’s lives,” said Marshall.
Students in Grades 6, 7, and 8 and their parents and guardians will be invited to participate over a three-year period starting in January.
Each participant will receive a $10 gift card from the Village Green Mall for taking part in each year of the survey. In the last year of the project, the results will be shared with the local community partners.
“It is exciting that Vernon will be part of an international research project and that our community can directly benefit from the results,” said Annette Sharkey, with the Social Planning Council.
Local partners include the Vernon School District, the Social Planning Council and the North Okanagan Child, Youth and Families Committee.