4th OSRA Research Grant cycle Launched

Date: January 23, 2019

The Doha International Family Institute (DIFI) in collaboration with the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) is pleased to launch the fourth cycle of its OSRA research grant, which aims to encourage research targeted at developing a knowledge base on Arab families.

OSRA4 Specific Research Priority Areas:

  1. Family cohesion, marriage and divorce:family relationships, family resilience; ageing families; extended families; intergenerational solidarity, division of household; stepfamilies; dual-career families; families with female head of household; work-life reconciliation; childfree families; patterns of marriage formation; marriage and immigration; social and individual risk factors associated with divorce; the impact of divorce on children; family safety; delayed marriage; never-married women; social aspects of fertility.
  2. Families at risk:the impact of the blockade on families, family cohesion under the blockade; the impact of wars and conflicts on families; impact of poverty and economic stress on families; families with children with disabilities; marginalized/ socially excluded families; domestic violence; internally displaced families; parent-child relationship in Arab refugee families; issues faced by youth and children within Arab refugee populations; existing policy programs and their ability to meet the distinct needs of Arab refugee families; transformation of the family structure among Arab refugee families.
  3. Parenthood:parenting styles and practices; parenting and child well-being; father’s involvement; motherhood; fatherhood; delayed parenthood; transition to parenthood; responsible parenting; the role of parents in supporting learning; the educational implications of parenting on education and learning; parents of children with special needs; student, schools, and family engagement; parenting within the context of forced migration and resettlement; impact the blockade on parenting and parenthood; impact of the blockade on education.
  4. Social policy research related to families:family formation policies, social welfare policies; social protection policies, child care policies, assessment of family support policies and programs; work-family balance policies; child protection policies; domestic violence policies; housing policies; education policy and families; policies addressing the needs and wellbeing of Arab refugee youth and children; best practices that can inform the development of evidence-based policies that contribute to the well-being of Arab refugee families; social policies for alleviating impact of the blockade on families in Qatar; family protection policies and welfare of vulnerable groups (e.g. women, children, the elderly, and those living with disabilities).

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