Launch of Growing Up in Ireland reports

Growing Up in Ireland will release two new reports on the morning of 21 February. Sign-in will take place from 9:00 and the event begins at 9:30. The report titles and descriptions are given below.

The reports will be launched by Anne-Marie Brooks, Department of Children and Youth Affairs. Both reports use data from the ’08 (Infant Cohort) and will be available on this web page on the launch date.

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Registration and Tea/Coffee


Welcome Address

Professor Dorothy Watson, ESRI


Launch and Opening Remarks

Anne-Marie Brooks, Department of Children and Youth Affairs


Presentation on The Effects of Economic Recession and Family Stress on the Adjustment of 3-year-olds in Ireland

Professor Elizabeth Nixon, Trinity College Dublin


Presentation on The Lives of 5-year-olds

Dr Aisling Murray, ESRI


Closing Remarks

Professor Dorothy Watson, ESRI

About the reports 

The Effects of Economic Recession and Family Stress on the Adjustment of 3-year-olds in Ireland

This report is concerned with understanding how the economic recession in Ireland affected stress within families, and in turn how this is associated with the behavioural and emotional adjustment of three-year-olds. The analysis is based on data collected from 9,793 families in the Infant Cohort of Growing Up in Ireland, interviewed first at Wave 1 when their children were nine months of age, and again at Wave 2 when their children were three years of age. The timing of the data collection at Wave 2 coincided with the onset of an economic recession in Ireland, thus enabling the changing financial circumstances of a representative sample of families to be documented, and the associations between these economic changes and parental well-being, parenting and child behavioural and emotional difficulties to be examined.

Growing Up in Ireland: The Lives of 5-Year-Olds

This report is concerned with the younger of the two cohorts in the Growing Up in Ireland study (Cohort ’08). It is based mainly on data collected from this cohort at five years of age in 2013, but also drawing on data collected when the Study Children were aged three and when they were nine months old. The report contains five chapters of results, covering: the socio-economic circumstances of the families in which the five-year-olds live and child outcomes in the study’s core domains of health, socio-emotional development (including relationship with parents) and school/cognitive development. The report also discusses some of the key findings in light of two key policy documents concerning children: Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures: The National Policy Framework for Children & Young People 2014-2020 (Department of Children and Youth Affairs, 2014) and First 5: A Whole-of-Government Strategy for Babies, Young Children and their Families 2019-2028 (Government of Ireland, 2018).