The Society for Reproductive and Infant Psychology (SRIP) was founded in 1980 and is a registered charity. It is an international organisation that recognises that reproduction is a complex, challenging and multifaceted area of social, scientific and medical concern. We believe in the key importance of the psychological, socio-cultural and political implications of reproduction, birth and infancy. These non-biological aspects of reproductive endeavour are often neglected or widely dispersed in the research literature and we feel there is a genuine need for a multidisciplinary society.
The SRIP's aims are twofold:
- To consolidate and disseminate otherwise widely scattered information which we feel to be of practical relevance to all those whose work is directly or indirectly, influenced by reproductive science.
- To foster truely multidisciplinary research and professional practice.
Our purpose is to promote the scientific study, both pure and applied, of all psychological and behavioural matters related to human reproduction.
The SRIP provides a unique forum for the integration of issues in reproduction by individuals working in psychology, healthcare, midwifery, nursing, obstetrics and gynaecology, paediatrics, psychiatry, social work, sociology, anthropology, and epidemiology.
Through scientific meetings and workshops, our journal and newsletter, liaison with professional bodies and the public, and discourse between members, we attempt to address issues at all stages of reproduction. These can be represented by the following themes:
- Reproductive potential
- Fertility control and Infertility
- Pregnancy and Birth
- Parenthood and Parenting
which of course are not discrete and may overlap and interact.
This is by no means a comprehensive outline of the topics in reproductive and infant psychology, but it offers some idea of the scope of the Society's concern. A central focus of the Society is to consider these five themes in the context of health care promotion.
View the latest SRIP newsletter SRIP Newsletter May 2016 (PDF)