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



Monitoring Poverty Trends in Ireland 2004-2007: Key Issues for Children, People of Working Age and Older People
September 7, 2010 | ESRI Research Series

Authors: Helen Russell, Bertrand Maître , Brian Nolan
Research Area: Children and Young People | Migration, Integration and Demography | Social Inclusion and Equality


Key Outcomes for Children: New Evidence from ‘Growing up in Ireland’
April 13, 2010 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: James Williams, Sheila Greene
Research Area: Children and Young People


Family Figures: Family Dynamics and Family Types in Ireland, 1986-2006
February 22, 2010

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


Playing by Numbers: Trends in Children’s Sport in Ireland
December 31, 2009 | Journal Article

Authors: Pete Lunn
Research Area: Children and Young People | Health and Quality of Life


Growing Up in Ireland: The Lives of 9-Year-Olds
December 7, 2009 |

Authors: James Williams, Sheila Greene , Elaine Harris , Richard Layte , Selina McCoy , Cathal McCrory ...
Research Area: Children and Young People


Growing Up in Ireland: Being 9 Years Old (Child Cohort at 9 Years — Key Findings No. 1)
July 31, 2009 |

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


Growing Up in Ireland: The Families of 9-Year-Olds (Child Cohort at 9 Years — Key Findings No. 2)
July 31, 2009 | ESRI Survey and Statistical Report Series

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


Growing Up in Ireland: The Education of 9-Year-Olds (Child Cohort at 9 Years — Key Findings No. 3)
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Authors: Growing Up in Ireland Study Team
Research Area: Children and Young People | Education


Growing Up in Ireland: The Health of 9-Year-Olds (Child Cohort at 9 Years — Key Findings No. 4)
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Authors: Growing Up in Ireland Study Team
Research Area: Children and Young People | Health and Quality of Life


Gender and Education
May 30, 2007 | Book/Report Chapter

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


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