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 study started in 2006 and follows the progress of two groups of children: 8,000 9-year-olds (Child Cohort) and 10,000 9-month-olds (Infant Cohort). The members of the Child Cohort are now aged 20 years and those of the Infant Cohort are 9 years old.

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Latest GUI News:

  • AMF for the postal survey with the Infant Cohort at 7/8 years is now open to applications from researchers via ISSDA – see here for more details.
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  • GUI Annual Conference date announced as 8th November 2018.  Call for abstracts now open – see the conference page for further details.
  • The keynote speaker for the GUI Conference in November will be Professor Ingrid Schoon of the Institute of Education in London and the Social Science Centre in Berlin.

Where are we now:

  • Main fieldwork for the Child Cohort at age 17/18 years has been completed.
  • Fieldwork for the main phase of the Infant Cohort at 9 years is in the closing stages.
  • The main phase of the Child Cohort at 20 years is in preparation.

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