About Growing Up in Ireland

Minister Zappone with three children at the launch of the Key Findings

Katherine Zappone, TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, with Jessica Shan, Niamh Finglas and Leo Allen launching Key Findings: Cohort '08 at 9 Years Old at the annual Growing Up in Ireland conference on 8 November 2018. 

Growing Up in Ireland has been carried out on by the ESRI and Trinity College Dublin since it first started in 2006. The study follows the progress of two cohorts: Cohort ’98 (the ‘Child Cohort’) who were aged 9 years at first interview in 2007 and Cohort ’08 (the Infant Cohort) who were just 9 months in the first wave in 2008. A wide range of topics is covered and mainly come under the three broad domains of health, education and socio-emotional well-being.

The study is longitudinal, meaning the same children take part at each visit. The participants in Cohort ’98 are now 20 years old and were visited at 9, 13 and 17/18 years. Participants in Cohort ’08 participated at 9 months initially, then 3, 5, 7/8 and 9 years.

Data collected as part of Growing Up in Ireland are made available to researchers via the Irish Social Science Data Archive and the Central Statistics Office.

More information about the study is available at www.growingup.ie.