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Growing Up in Ireland

Growing Up in Ireland

Growing Up in Ireland is a Government-funded study of children being carried out jointly by the ESRI and Trinity College Dublin. The first phase of the study took place over seven years and followed the progress of two groups of children: 8,000 9-year-olds and 10,000 9-month-olds. The second visit to 9-year-olds took place when they were 13 years old, and the infants when they were 3-years-old with a third visit at age 5 years.

In phase 2 of the study, announced earlier this year, the young people of the Child Cohort will be visited at age 17 years and 20 years.  The children and families of the Infant Cohort will receive a postal questionnaire at age 7 years and a full visit when they turn 9 years old.

This study is the first of its kind on this scale in Ireland. A large and varied amount of information is collected as part of the study, and will be used to form evidence-based policy and services for the benefit of all children, young people and families in Ireland. The datasets will be accessible by researchers through the Irish Social Sciences Data Archive as they become available (currently Waves 1 and 2 from each cohort). Please use the menu on the left to see more information on the progress of individual cohorts as well as the latest updates on publications and data availability.

The menu on the left can also be used to find out more about the background and objectives of Growing Up in Ireland, the people working on the study, its governance and our contact details.

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  • Materials, presentations and audio recordings of previous data workshops are now available online

For more information on Growing Up in Ireland and associated bodies visit these websites 

Growing Up in Ireland

Department of Children and Youth Affairs

Children’s Research Centre