Williams, J., Greene, S., Doyle, E., Harris, E., Layte, R., McCoy, S., McCrory, C., Murray, A., Nixon, E., O'Dowd, T., O'Moore, M., Quail, A., Smyth, E., Swords, L., Thornton, M., Growing up in Ireland: National longitudinal study of children. The lives of 9 year olds, Dublin, The Stationery Office, 2009
This report presents the first descriptive analysis of the findings from the first wave of data collection with
the 8,570 nine-year-old children, their families and teachers who have participated in Growing Up in Ireland
– the National Longitudinal Study of Children. The data were collected between September 2007 and June
2008. This report is one of a series describing the background literature, the design, instrumentation and the
findings of the Growing Up in Ireland project.
Growing Up in Ireland tracks the development of two cohorts of children, one aged nine years and one
aged nine months. This report addresses the first objective of Growing Up in Ireland: ‘to describe the lives of
children in Ireland’. It will provide a comprehensive picture of how the nine-year-old children are faring
across the main domains of their development and their daily life experience. The findings will be presented
for all children and will also be presented by the sex of the child. Where interesting differences occur in
relation to the children’s social class and family type, these data will be reported. This report is
straightforwardly descriptive. The next report on the findings of the nine-year-old survey will be analytic,
that is, it will examine more closely relationships between the child’s wellbeing and developmental status
and a wide range of factors that may impact on the child’s development.
Although both scheduled reports will aim to be as comprehensive as possible it should be borne in mind
that the amount of data collected in Growing Up in Ireland is considerable and it is amenable to much more
analysis. All the data will be lodged in a national archive, the Irish Social Science Data Archive (ISSDA), for
other researchers to access, analyse and publish. The data will also be used again from a different
perspective when the next wave of the longitudinal study is conducted. At that point, in the case of this
cohort, it will be possible to relate the child’s status and development at age 9 to their outcomes at age 13.
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