Children and Young People

ESRI research in Children and Young people examines developmental outcomes for children and young people in Ireland, how these vary between different groups of the population and evolve over time.

Research in the area of Children and Young people is closely tied with the Growing Up in Ireland project – the national longitudinal study of children, which is being carried out on behalf of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs by a team of researchers led by the ESRI and Trinity College.

Current research is focused on the main domains in a child’s life including

• Physical health and wellbeing
• Educational and Cognitive outcomes
• Socio-Emotional and Behavioural development

As more data come online from phase two of the project, an increasing focus on developmental trajectories or growth paths among children and young people will be possible. This allows analysts to investigate, in particular, how early-life experiences impact on later outcomes.


Main Publications in Children and Young People Research Area


Other Misc. Outputs



Out-of-school social activities among immigrant-origin children living in Ireland
December 15, 2017 | Journal Article

Authors: Merike Darmody, Emer Smyth
Research Area: Children and Young People


Front cover of Key Findings Growing Up in Ireland: Socio-emotional Development & Play at 7/8 years of age
November 7, 2017 | ESRI Survey and Statistical Report Series

Authors: Growing Up in Ireland Study Team
Research Area: Children and Young People


Front cover of Key Findings Growing Up in Ireland: Health & Development at 7/8 years of age
November 7, 2017 | ESRI Survey and Statistical Report Series

Authors: Growing Up in Ireland Study Team
Research Area: Children and Young People


Front page of Key Findings Growing Up in Ireland: School & Learning at 7/8 years of age
November 7, 2017 | ESRI Survey and Statistical Report Series

Authors: Growing Up in Ireland Study Team
Research Area: Children and Young People


Front cover of report Understanding use of general practitioner services among children in Ireland
November 7, 2017 |

Authors: Anne Nolan, Richard Layte
Research Area: Children and Young People


JA201759 front cover Event-related potentials discriminate familiar and unusual goal outcomes in 5-month-olds and adults
October 31, 2017 | Journal Article

Authors: Christine Michel, Katharina Kaduk , Áine Ní Choisdealbha , Vincent M. Reid
Research Area: Children and Young People


front cover of CB201718 Child Poverty in a Period of Austerity
September 29, 2017 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Dorothy Watson, Bertrand Maître , Christopher T Whelan , James Williams
Research Area: Children and Young People


Front cover of Labour Economics Early Skill Formation and the Efficiency of Parental Investment: A Randomized Controlled Trial of Home Visiting
April 30, 2017 | Journal Article

Authors: Orla Doyle, Colm Harmon , James Heckman , Caitríona Logue , Seong Hyeok Moon
Research Area: Children and Young People


Social inequality in cognitive outcomes in Ireland: What is the role of the home learning environment and childcare?
April 28, 2017 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Frances McGinnity, Patricia McMullin , Aisling Murray , Helen Russell
Research Area: Children and Young People | Social Inclusion and Equality


Growing Up in Ireland: Report on the Pilot Phase of Wave Three, Infant Cohort (at 5 years of age)
January 27, 2017 |

Authors: Maeve Thornton, James Williams
Research Area: Children and Young People


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