Stevens, Madeleine

Ms Madeleine Stevens  


Position held

Assistant Professorial Research Fellow


Assistant Professorial Research Fellow


Assistant Professorial Research Fellow


Experience keywords:

children and young people's services; children's behaviour problems; family support; social exclusion

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Madeleine’s current research, funded by an NIHR fellowship, is about children at high risk of later antisocial and criminal behaviour. The study combines an in-depth qualitative study of a small group of families over five years with analysis of larger longitudinal data sets, investigating why and how families benefit, or fail to benefit, from support and intervention from services and other sources. Madeleine joined PSSRU in 2009 to work on the evaluations of the cost-effectiveness of parenting interventions. She joined LSE from the Institute of Education where she researched effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of a variety of interventions for children and young people. Previously Madeleine was based at City University where she completed a Masters in research methods in 2000. She then worked in the Family and Child Psychology Research Centre analysing child development data from ALSPAC and later in the Child Health Research and Policy Unit where she worked for several years on the What Works for Children project which aimed to encourage the use of research evidence in children's social care. As a way of presenting messages from research, Madeleine has collaborated with the artist Tamsin Arai in the comic book Tales from Social Care, featuring the story of one family involved in her research.

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Stevens, Madeleine (2015) Children at risk of developing antisocial and criminal behaviour: parents’ experience of services – what helps and what does not. In: LSE Research Festival 2015, 21 May 2015, London, UK


Stevens, Madeleine (2014) Book review: Children with multiple mental health challenges: an integrated approach to intervention Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health: Book Reviews (10 Apr 2014) other

Stevens, Madeleine (2014) Book review: Handbook of evidence-based practices for emotional and behavioral disorders: applications in schools Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 19 (4). 276-276. ISSN 1475-357X

Stevens, Madeleine and Harris, Lucy and Ellis, Megan and Day, Crispin and Beecham, Jennifer (2014) Investigating changes in use of services by high-need families following the Helping Families Programme, an innovative parenting intervention for children with severe and persistent conduct problems. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 19 (3). 185-191. ISSN 1475-357X

Stevens, Madeleine (2014) The cost-effectiveness of UK parenting programmes for preventing children's behaviour problems: a review of the evidence Child and Family Social Work, 19 (1). 109-118. ISSN 1356-7500


Bonin, Eva-Maria and Stevens, Madeleine and Beecham, Jennifer K. and Byford, Sarah and Parsonage, Michael (2012) Do parenting programmes reduce conduct disorder and its costs to society ESDS case study, Economic and Social Data Service, London, UK.


Bonin, Eva-Maria and Stevens, Madeleine and Beecham, Jennifer and Byford, Sarah and Parsonage, Michael (2011) Parenting interventions for the prevention of persistent conduct disorders In: Knapp, Martin and McDaid, David and Parsonage, Michael, (eds.) Mental Health Promotion and Mental Illness Prevention: the Economic Case. Department of Health, London, UK, 6-7.

Stevens, Madeleine (2011) The costs and benefits of early interventions for vulnerable children and families to promote social and emotional wellbeing: economics briefing National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, London, UK.

Bonin, Eva-Maria and Stevens, Madeleine and Beecham, Jennifer and Byford, Sarah and Parsonage, Michael (2011) Costs and longer-term savings of parenting programmes for the prevention of persistent conduct disorder: a modelling study BMC Public Health, 11 (1). 803. ISSN 1471-2458


Stevens, Madeleine and Roberts, Helen and Shiell, Alan (2010) Research review: economic evidence for interventions in children's social care: revisiting the What Works for Children project Child and Family Social Work, 15 (2). 145-154. ISSN 1356-7500


Stevens, Madeleine and Liabo, Kristin and Witherspoon, Sharon and Roberts, Helen (2009) What do practitioners want from research, what do funders fund and what needs to be done to know more about what works in the new world of children's services? Evidence and Policy: a Journal of Research, Debate and Practice, 5 (3). 281-294. ISSN 1744-2648


Stevens, Madeleine and Bond, Lyndal and Pryce, Cathy and Roberts, Helen and Platt, Stephen (2008) Prevention of suicide and suicidal behaviour in adolescents Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 3. ISSN 1469-493X

Roberts, H. and Shiell, Alan and Stevens, Madeleine (2008) What works, what counts and what matters?: communities of practice as a locus for contributing to resource allocation decisions In: Le May, Andrée, (ed.) Communities of Practice in Health and Social Care. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. ISBN 9781405168304

Roberts, Helen and Petticrew, Mark and Macintyre, Sally and Liabo, Kristin and Stevens, Madeleine (2008) Randomised controlled trials of social interventions: report of a pilot study of barriers and facilitators in an international context Occasional paper, 19. MRC Social & Public Health Sciences Unit (SPHSU), London, UK.

Fowler, Zoe and Procter, Richard and Stevens, Madeleine (2008) Mapping the ripples: an evaluation of TLRP’s research capacity building strategy Teaching and learning: research briefing, 62. Teaching and Learning Research Programme, London, UK. ISBN 9780854738434


Stevens, Madeleine and Liabo, Kristin and Roberts, Helen (2007) A review of the research priorities of practitioners working with children in social care Child and Family Social Work, 12 (4). 295-305. ISSN 1356-7500


Stevens, Madeleine and Liabo, K. and Frost, S. and Roberts, H. (2005) Using research in practice: a research information service for social care practitioners Child and Family Social Work, 10 (1). 67-75. ISSN 1356-7500


Perry, Beth and Burston, Amanda and Stevens, Madeleine and Golding, Jean and Steele, Howard and Golombok, Susan (2004) Children's play narratives: what they tell us about lesbian-mother families American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 74 (4). 467-479. ISSN 0002-9432


Golombok, Susan and Perry, Beth and Burston, Amanda and Murray, Clare and Mooney-Somers, Julie and Stevens, Madeleine and Golding, Jean (2003) Children with lesbian parents: a community study Developmental Psychology, 39 (1). 20-33. ISSN 0012-1649

Stevens, Madeleine and Perry, Beth and Burston, Amanda and Golombok, Susan and Golding, Jean (2003) Openness in lesbian-mother families regarding mother's sexual orientation and child's conception by donor insemination Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 21 (4). 347-362. ISSN 0264-6838


Stevens, Madeleine and Golombok, Susan and Beveridge, Michael (2002) Does father absence influence children's gender development? Findings from a general population study of preschool children Parenting Science and Practice, 2 (1). 47-60. ISSN 1529-5192

Hines, Melissa and Johnston, Katie J. and Golombok, Susan and Rust, John and Stevens, Madeleine and Golding, Jean (2002) Prenatal stress and gender role behavior in girls and boys: a longitudinal, population study Hormones and Behavior, 42 (2). 126-134. ISSN 0018-506X

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