Maeve Thornton

Maeve Thornton was a Research Fellow on the Growing Up in Ireland Study Team from 2006 - 2017. Maeve holds a Ph.D in Psychology, and before joining the ESRI she spent five years working as a researcher in both the University of Ulster (UU) and Queen's University Belfast (QUB). At QUB she worked as a Research Fellow on the Youth Development Study - a longitudinal study of the risk and protective factors associated with adolescent drug use. During this time she was also involved in the implementation and management of the Youth Development Study Family Survey – a related study focusing on a sample of the original cohort families. While her research interests are varied, her main area of interest lies in exploring outcomes for the child, especially with regard to the family environment, including family structure and composition, intra-familial processes, and the socio-historical context in which they operate
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Tel: +353 1 8632000


Latest Publications:
  • Growing Up in Ireland: Report on the Pilot Phase of Wave Three, Infant Cohort (at 5 years of age)
  • Anti-Social Behaviour at Age 13
  • Growing Up in Ireland: Design, Instrumentation and Procedures for the Child Cohort at Wave Two (13 Years)
  • Growing Up in Ireland: Review of the Literature pertaining to the Second Wave of Data Collection with the Child Cohort at Age 13
  • What Predicts Disaffection in Irish Primary Schools?
  • Affective School Engagement and Self-Concept: How are Irish Boys and Girls Faring?
  • What Predicts Disaffection in Irish Primary Schools?
  • Growing Up in Ireland: Design, Instrumentation and Procedures for the Infant Cohort at Wave Two (3 years)
  • Growing Up in Ireland: Design, Instrumentation and Procedures for the Infant Cohort at Wave One (9 months)
  • Persistent Absenteeism Among Irish Primary School Pupils

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