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



Child Economic Vulnerability Dynamics in the Recession
October 12, 2016 | Book/Report Chapter

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


Front cover of book Cherishing All the Children Equally? Ireland 100 Years on from the Easter Rising
October 12, 2016

Editors: James Williams , Elizabeth Nixon , Emer Smyth , Dorothy Watson
Research Area: Children and Young People


Front cover of report Arts and Cultural Participation among Children and Young People: Insights from the Growing Up in Ireland Study
October 5, 2016

Authors: Emer Smyth
Research Area: Children and Young People


Front cover or Growing Up in Ireland report Growing Up in Ireland: Design, Instrumentation and Procedures for the Child Cohort at Wave Two (13 Years)
July 12, 2016 |

Authors: Maeve Thornton, James Williams , Cathal McCrory , Aisling Murray , Amanda Quail
Research Area: Children and Young People


Parental Educational Expectations of Children with Disabilities
May 12, 2016 | ESRI Research Series

Authors: Joanne Banks, Bertrand Maître , Selina McCoy , Dorothy Watson
Research Area: Children and Young People | Education


Cover of Growing Up in Ireland report Growing Up in Ireland: Review of the Literature pertaining to the Second Wave of Data Collection with the Child Cohort at Age 13
April 14, 2016 |

Authors: Mark Morgan, Maeve Thornton , Cathal McCrory
Research Area: Children and Young People


Cover for report Growing Up in Ireland: Non-Parental Childcare and Child Cognitive Outcomes at Age 5 Growing Up in Ireland: Non-Parental Childcare and Child Cognitive Outcomes at Age 5
December 3, 2015 |

Authors: Frances McGinnity, Helen Russell , Aisling Murray
Research Area: Children and Young People


Family Economic Vulnerability and the Great Recession: an Analysis of the First Two Waves of the Growing Up in Ireland Study
July 30, 2015 | Journal Article

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


Wellbeing and School Experiences among 9- and 13-Year-Olds: Insights from the Growing Up in Ireland Study
July 15, 2015

Authors: Emer Smyth
Research Area: Children and Young People | Education


Insights into the Lives of Children with Disabilities: Findings from the 2006 National Disability Survey
March 31, 2015

Authors: Joanne Banks, Bertrand Maître , Selina McCoy
Research Area: Children and Young People | Social Inclusion and Equality


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