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Children and Young People

Research in this area examines developmental outcomes for children and young people in Ireland, how these vary between different groups of the population and evolve over time.

Minister Zappone launches "The Lives of 13-Year-Olds" with two teenagers at an event in the ESRI.
The Lives of 13-Year-Olds

Research from the Growing Up in Ireland study examines how 13-year-olds are faring in areas such as physical health; education; family situation, relationships; emotional wellbeing and risky behaviours.

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Understanding use of GP services among children in Ireland

Using Growing Up in Ireland data, this study examines the extent to which the current system of healthcare financing in Ireland shapes the pattern of GP use.

Minister Zappone with three children at the launch of the Key Findings
Growing Up in Ireland Key Findings: 9 Years Old

Published in November 2018, four short reports describe how 9-year-olds are faring in Ireland. Topics include health and physical development; families; relationships and socio-emotional wellbeing; and school and learning. 

Researchers at 2017 Growing Up in Ireland Conference
Growing Up in Ireland Key Findings: 7/8 Years Old

Three reports describe how children aged 7 and 8 are faring in Ireland, including the topics of  socio-emotional development and play; health and development; and school and learning. 

Growing Up in Ireland Conference 2016
Growing Up in Ireland Key Findings: 17/18 Years Old

Four reports describe the lives of young people aged 17 and 18. The reports cover the areas of health; education and early work experiences; risky health behaviours and sexual activity; and life satisfaction, relationships and mental health.