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: Influences on 9-year-olds’ Learning: Home, School and Community
January 26, 2012 |

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


Front cover of report Growing Up in Ireland: Qualitative Research Methodology — Review of the Literature and its Application to the Qualitative Component of Growing Up in Ireland
December 31, 2011 |

Authors: Sheila Greene, Elaine Harris
Research Area: Children and Young People


Growing Up in Ireland: Report on Pre-Piloting, Piloting and Dress Rehearsal Phases of the Child Cohort (at 9 years)
December 21, 2011 |

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


Households and Family Structures in Ireland
December 12, 2011

Authors: Pete Lunn, Tony Fahey
Research Area: Children and Young People | Migration, Integration and Demography | Social Inclusion and Equality


Parents, Children and Sense of Control
November 30, 2011 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: Dorothy Watson
Research Area: Children and Young People


Growing Up in Ireland: Overweight and Obesity Among 9-Year-Olds
November 9, 2011 |

Authors: Richard Layte, Cathal McCrory
Research Area: Children and Young People


Front cover of Growing Up in Ireland report Growing Up in Ireland: The Findings of the Qualitative Study with the 9-Year-Olds and their Parents
September 23, 2011 |

Authors: Elaine Harris, Erika Doyle , Sheila Greene
Research Area: Children and Young People


Testing Competing Models of the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire’s (SDQ’s) Factor Structure for the Parent-informant Instrument
August 4, 2011 | Journal Article

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


Front cover of report Growing Up in Ireland: Qualitative Report on the 9-Year Study
July 29, 2011 |

Authors: Elaine Harris, Sheila Greene , Brian Merriman
Research Area: Children and Young People


The Effect of Breastfeeding on Children’s Educational Test Scores at Nine Years of Age: Results of an Irish Cohort Study
May 21, 2011 | Journal Article

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


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