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



Growing Up in Ireland: Design, Instrumentation and Procedures for the Infant Cohort at Wave Two (3 years)
December 19, 2013 |

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


Keeping Them in the Game: Taking Up and Dropping Out of Sport and Exercise in Ireland
December 18, 2013 | ESRI Research Series

Authors: Pete Lunn, Elish Kelly , Nick Fitzpatrick
Research Area: Children and Young People | Health and Quality of Life | Social Inclusion and Equality


Multi-Dimensional Deprivation Among 9-Year-Olds in Ireland: An Analysis of the Growing Up in Ireland Survey
November 20, 2013 | Journal Article

Authors: James Williams, Aisling Murray , Christopher T Whelan
Research Area: Children and Young People


Growing Up in Ireland: Parenting and Infant Development
November 4, 2013 |

Authors: Elizabeth Nixon, Lorraine Swords , Aisling Murray
Research Area: Children and Young People | Health and Quality of Life


Growing Up In Ireland: Development from Birth to Three Years
September 20, 2013 |

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


Growing Up in Ireland: Mothers’ Return to Work and Childcare Choices for Infants in Ireland
July 22, 2013 |

Authors: Frances McGinnity, Aisling Murray , Sinead McNally
Research Area: Children and Young People | Labour Markets and Skills


Family Structure in Ireland and Child Emotional and Behavioral Outcomes
November 19, 2012 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Maeve Thornton
Research Area: Children and Young People | Migration, Integration and Demography


Identifying Childhood Deprivation: How well do National Indicators of Poverty and Social Exclusion Perform?
June 29, 2012 | Journal Article

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


Understanding Childhood Deprivation in Ireland
April 26, 2012

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


Growing Up in Ireland: How Families Matter for Social and Emotional Outcomes of 9 Year Old Children
March 8, 2012

Authors: Elizabeth Nixon
Research Area: Children and Young People


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