I received my doctorate in Sociology from McMaster University. I have been a faculty member here at Laurier Sociology since 2008.
My SSHRC-funded research focuses on parenting magazine advice, on the topics of children's leisure time, child safety, children's body weight and food. My work examines how parents respond to parenting advice, to understand the ways that parents interpret, disregard or absorb this advice.
Recent Papers Presented at Scholarly Meetings:
Quirke, L., C. Scheibling and D. Persico. “Babies Often Get Bored: Change and Continuity in Childrearing Advice, 1926-2021” Biennial Conference of the Society for the History of Children and Youth. University of Guelph, June 2023.
Persico, D., C. Scheibling and L. Quirke. “Advising and Advertising Modern Parenthood: Continuity and Change in Parents Magazine Covers, 1926-2021” Canadian Sociology Association Annual Meeting, York University, Toronto, June 2023.
Quirke, L., A. Deeley and R. Meiorin. “Compensatory Parenting: ADHD and Advice About Schooling”. Canadian Sociology Association Annual Meeting, York University, Toronto, May 2023.
"Parental Guidance: Expert Advice and How Parents Respond to It" (Value: $66,584.00)
SSHRC Insight Development Grant, 2019 (Co-applicant: J. Aurini, University of Waterloo; Collaborator: S. Howells, University of Guelph).
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