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



Five Characteristics of Youth Unemployment in Europe: Flexibility, Education, Migration, Family Legacies, and EU Policy
March 23, 2015 | Journal Article

Authors: Jacqueline O'Reilly, Werner Eichhorst , Kari Hadjivassiliou , David Lain , Janine Leschke , Seamus McGuinness ...
Research Area: Children and Young People


Growing Up in Ireland: Maternal Health Behaviours and Child Growth in Infancy
January 15, 2015 |

Authors: Richard Layte, Cathal McCrory
Research Area: Children and Young People | Health and Quality of Life


Growing Up in Ireland: Review of the Literature pertaining to the Second Wave of Data Collection with the Infant Cohort at 3 Years
December 31, 2014 |

Authors: Sheila Greene, Mark Morgan , Cathal McCrory , Sinead McNally
Research Area: Children and Young People


Growing Up in Ireland: Report on the Pre-Pilot, Pilot and Dress Rehearsal Exercises for Wave 2 of the Infant Cohort at Age 3 Years
December 22, 2014

Authors: Aisling Murray, Cathal McCrory , James Williams
Research Area: Children and Young People


Does Reading to Infants Benefit their Cognitive Development at 9-months-old? An Investigation using a Large Birth Cohort Survey
December 19, 2014 | Journal Article

Authors: Aisling Murray
Research Area: Children and Young People


Affective School Engagement and Self-Concept: How are Irish Boys and Girls Faring?
December 9, 2014 | Journal Article

Authors: Denise Frawley, Selina McCoy , Joanne Banks , Maeve Thornton
Research Area: Children and Young People | Education


Growing Up in Ireland: Dynamics of Child Economic Vulnerability and Socio-Emotional Development — An Analysis of the First Two Waves of the Growing Up in Ireland Study
November 26, 2014 |

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


Bottom of the Class? The Leaving Certificate Applied Programme and Track Placement in the Republic of Ireland
October 3, 2014 | Journal Article

Authors: Joanne Banks, Delma Byrne , Selina McCoy , Emer Smyth
Research Area: Children and Young People


Why Does School Social Mix Matter?
September 22, 2014 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: Selina McCoy, Amanda Quail , Emer Smyth
Research Area: Children and Young People | Education


The Effects of School Social Mix: Unpacking the Differences
September 22, 2014 | Journal Article

Authors: Selina McCoy, Amanda Quail , Emer Smyth
Research Area: Children and Young People | Education


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