Research Theme: Child Development 

 

Name:  Ye Guo

Institution: University College Dublin

Contact: ye.guo@ucd.ie

Completion: August 2019

Funder: China National Social Science Fund

 

Project:  In my research project planning, the datasets will be utilised to analyse the relationship among children's physical activity participants, growing environment and the level of their health and well-being. In the research procedure, the computer methods of machine learning will be used to analyse the datasets, in order to dig deeper relationship among variables and find an effective algorithm to predicate children's developing trend. Further, this step could be an important basis for a comprehensive research with Chinese children development in future.

 

Name:Aileen Wright

Institution:University of Limerick

Contact:Aileen.Wright@ul.ie

Completion: 31/07/2019

Funder: N/A

 

Project: To investigate the prevalence of developmental difficulties with speech and language to each age and to look for any factors predictive of speech and language difficulties at each age. To investigate which factors at younger ages might predict transient as opposed to persistent difficulties with speech and language at older ages. To investigate educational outcomes of children whose parents had concerns about their speech and language development before school age.

 

Name:Debbie Blair

Institution: University of Oxford

Contact:dblair@tcd.ie

Completion:30/09/2021

Funder:ESRC

 

Project: I want to look at the interaction between child and parent and how this impacts later cognitive and non-cognitive skills. I want to expand the human capital literature in economics, by considering the active role of the child in response to parental investments. I intend to primarily focus on the infant cohort but may also use the child cohort at a later stage.

 

Name:Aisling Coyle

Institution:Queens University Belfast

Contact: Aisling.Coyle@lyit.ie

Completion:02/02/2018

Funder:N/A

 

Project:  As part of my EdD in Education at Queens University Belfast, I am undertaking a module on survey methods, in which I need to analyse some quantitative data. I have an interest in the cognitive development of a child and the factors that influence that.

 

Name: Caoimhe Bowles

Institution: University College Cork

Contact: 111336431@umail.ucc.ie

Completion: September 2016

 

Project: I will be using the data to explore children's expressive vocabulary development as part of my 1 year research masters at UCC.

  

Name: Delma Byrne

Institution: NUI Maynooth

Contact: delma.byrne@nuim.ie

Completion: Withheld

 

Project: Research centring on child development in terms of schooling, academic performance, and influences of the school and the family. 

  

Name: Carly Cheevers

Institution: University College Dublin

Contact: carly.cheevers@gmail.com

Completion: Withheld

 

Project: I intend to use this data as part of my PhD thesis to create an index of well-being in early childhood using items measuring physical health, social and emotional functioning and cognitive development. 

This research project is also recorded under the theme: Child Well-being.

 

Name: Johanna Clancy

Institution: Trinity College Dublin

Contact: nicfhlaj@tcd.ie

Completion: September 2014

 

Project: This study aims to conduct a path analysis to assess changes in family structure and processes from wave 1 to wave 2 of the GUI study. Transitions in Irish families between 9 months and 3 years will be examined using data from GUI, specifically the study aims to explore the changes in parental relationships and structures from 9 months to 3 years and examine the impact that these changes - parental separation or divorce, for example - might have on the social emotional development of the child. It is also hoped to explore how families who have gone through structural transitions are faring in terms of family processes compared to those whose structure has remained stable from wave 1 to wave 2. Furthermore, factors such as parental stress, depression, anxiety as well as socio-economic status can impact negatively on a young child's social, emotional and behavioural outcomes. These variables tend to be affected by changes in family structure. It is thus proposed to assess the above-mentioned variables across families in hopes of establishing links between them and child outcomes. 

This research project is also recorded under the theme: Child Well-being. 

 

Name: Aine Cleary

Institution: University of Limerick

Contact: 11048034@studentmail.ul.ie

Completion: May 2016

 

Project: I am currently studying for a Masters in Applied Social Research at the University of Limerick. As part of my coursework requirements for the module Quantitative Research Methods 2, I am required to complete an independent research project using a large-scale survey data. My area of interest is education and child development. My research question will address the perceptions around children's language development from both parents and teachers perspectives as compared to their scores on the British Ability Scale. The influence of Socio-economic factors on language will be examined and possibly how language skills are associated with behavioural and emotional difficulties. 

 

Name: Orla Doyle

Institution: University College Dublin

Contact: orla.doyle@ucd.ie

Completion: Withheld

 

Project: For use in several potential projects (data dependent): Parental investment and child outcomes: the impact of breastfeeding on test score; Impact of centre-based child care on children's cognitive and non-cognitive development; differential reporting of children's behaviour by teachers and parents; explaining socioeconomic inequalities in test scores; impact of parenting styles on children's internalising and externalising behaviours; impact of economic hardship on mental health and impact of handedness on school test scores and mental health.

This research project is also recorded under the theme: Pregnancy, Birth and Early Infancy, Education and Health

 

Name: Suzanne Egan

Institution: University of Limerick

Contact: suzanne.egan@mic.ul.ie

Completion: December 2015

 

Project: The aim of this research is to investigate the effect of different activities within the home (e.g. the amount of tv watching or time spent reading books) on children's cognitive and social development.

 

Name: Ciaran Flanagan

Institution: University College Dublin

Contact: Withheld

Completion: Withheld

 

Project: For use in third year economics project, How maternal employment impacts on child outcomes.

 

Name: Lisa-Christine Girard

Institution: University of Toronto

Contact: lisa.girard@alum.utoronto.ca

Completion: December 2016

 

Project: The data will be used to conduct a secondary analysis of the impact of breastfeeding on children's cognitive and non-cognitive development longitudinally up to 13 years of age. More specifically we seek to provide a better understanding of (1) the potential longitudinal causal pathways of breastfeeding on children's cognitive, language and behavioural development from 9 months to 13 years of age, (2) differences in impact of breastfeeding between normal and low-birth weight babies, (3) the effect of dose-rate of breastfeeding on development, and (4) the impact of socio-economic status and employment on breastfeeding practices. We will utilize propensity score matching and generalized additive models to better answer these questions. 

This research project is also recorded under the theme: Infant Feeding. 

 

Name: Carmel Hannan

Institution: University of Limerick

Contact: carmel.hannan@ul.ie

Completion: December 2014

 

Project: This project will investigate the importance of influences beyond family structure on child development. In particular, strong school effects are evident with children from one-parent families more likely to attend disadvantaged schools. By employing the infant and child cohort data, the aim is to better understand the mechanisms by which family structure influences child development. 

 

Name: Anna Joyce

Institution: University College Cork

Contact: 112357571@umail.ucc.ie

Completion: April 2016

 

Project: I am a final year Speech and Language Therapy student in UCC and as my final year project I aim to investiagte the relationship between early maternal mental health and language development in infants at age 9 months and 3 years. Statistical analysis will be completed using the datasets. The estimated end date is the 25th April 2016. 

This research project is also recorded under the theme: Mental Health.

 

Name: Clare Kelly

Institution: Trinity College Dublin

Contact: clare.kelly@tcd.ie

Completion: December 2017

 

Project: My intention is to use the rich phenotypic data available in the GUI study to test initial hypotheses concerning the relationship between early life experience and social, emotional, and cognitive functioning, as well as aspects of physical health (such as obesity). I will use the relationships identified using the GUI study data  to formulate specific hypotheses and predictions regarding relationships between early experience and brain strucutural and functional development that will form the basis of a large-scale grant proposal. These are some of the relationships I plan to examine using the GUI data: does quality of attachment in infancy (9 months) and/or parental attitudes toward infant behaviours (e.g., crying) predict social and emotional difficulties (as measured by Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire) at 2 years and at 5 years? How is this relationship mediated or moderated by infant characterisitcs (e.g. fussiness), parent characterisitcs (e.g. depression symptoms, stress), and social support and environment? What about in older childhood and adolescence, do parental discipline practices at 9 years predict social and emotional difficulties (as measured by Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire) at 9 and at 13 years? Are early infant experiences related to nutrition (e.g. breastfeeding) and sleep (e.g. absence of parent-identified 'sleep difficulties') associated with positove social, emotional, and physical (e.g. obesity) outcomes at 2/5/9/13/years?

This research project is also recorded under the themes: Health, Weight and Dietary Issues and Pregnancy, Birth and Early Infancy.

 

Name: Fionnola Kelly

Institution: Trinity College Dublin

Contact: fkelly7@tcd.ie

Completion: Withheld

 

Project: For my PhD I plan to use the GUI data to look at parental lifestyle choices and how they may affect a child's cognitive, social and behavioural development. 

 

Name: Fionnola Kelly

Institution: Trinity College Dublin

Contact: fkelly7@tcd.ie

Completion: Withheld 

 

Project: I am doing a PhD and hope to use the GUI data to look at the risk factors associated with emotional and behavioural problems in children. I have already accessed the child cohort (wave 1) data and would now like to access wave 2 of the child cohort study.

 

Name: Paul Kelly

Institution: NUI Maynooth

Contact: Withheld

Completion: Withheld

 

Project: Research on the extent of behavioural, emotional and social difficulties in children showing signs of early maladjustment. 

 

 

Name: Ali Khashan

Institution: University College Cork

Contact: a.khashan@ucc.ie

Completion: December 2014

 

Project: I plan to investigate the impact of mode of delivery, preterm birth, pre-eclampsia and birth weight on the behavioural and mental outcomes at 9 months and three years. This will also involve examining the mediating effect of 9 month outcomes on any associations between obstetric risk factors and 3 year behavioural and mental outcomes. The title of the project is: Perinatal risk factors for childhood developmental outcomes. 

This research project is also recorded under the theme: Pregnancy, Birth and Early Infancy.

 

Name: Cathal McCroy

Institution: University College Cork

Contact: mccrorc@tcd.ie

Completion: June 2014

 

Project: The longitudinal data will be used to explore associations between exposures occurring during gestation and early infancy on developmental outcomes at three years of age such as cognitive development, socio-emotional adjustment and health. 

This research project is also recorded under the theme: Pregnancy, Birth and Early Infancy. 

 

Name: Brian McGuire

Institution: NUI Galway

Contact: brian.mcguire@nuigalway.ie

Completion: April 2017

 

Project: The main research questions we would like to answer are: 1). How habits and routines (e.g. level of sedentary behaviour) of children influence the frequency of accidents, their socio-emotional development as well as development of a chronic illness. 2). How does having a parent with a chronic illness impact the child: is the child more likely to also have a chronic illness, is the child at risk for poorer psychosocial outcomes and does the child use more health care? In addition, does the usage of more healthcare mediate the relation between parental illness and child outcomes?. 3). In the subsample of children who have a chronic illness at age 9: how does fmaily functioning and child resiliency or self-efficacy ay 9 years old influence the quality of life and health care usage of the child both at age 9 and age 13 years. 

This research project is also recorded under the theme: Health

 

Name: Catriona O'Toole

Institution: NUI Maynooth

Contact: catriona.a.otoole@nuim.ie

Completion: Withheld

 

Project: Research linking child development with academic performance and family influences. Investigations of children with emotional and behavioural difficulties will be a dominant focus. 

This research project is also recorded under the theme: Education.

 

Name: Ciara O'Toole

Institution: University College Dublin

Contact: c.otoole@ucc.ie

Completion: May 2015

 

Project: The data will be analysed in order to determine the relationship between parental reading and speech and language development in a nationally representative sample of 3 year olds. 

 

Name: Ciara O'Toole, Fiona Gibbon and Amy Culloty

Institution: University College Cork

Contact: c.otoole@ucc.ie

Completion: September 2017

 

Project: Communication development in multiple births - a longitudinal study. The data will be analysed in order to investigate the communication development of Irish multiple births (twins and triplets). The communication abilities and social environments of Irish multiples and singletons will be compared. Potential factors associated with the communication development of Irish multiples will also be examined and the long-term social behavioural, emotional and educational outcomes of multiples will be investigated in relation to their early communication abilities. 

This research project is also recorded under the theme: Pregnancy, Birth and Early Infancy

 

Name: Jennifer Pope

Institution: Mary Immaculate College

Contact: jennifer.pope@mic.ul.ie

Completion: Spring 2016

 

Project: The aim of this research is to explore relationships between choices of childcare and child development over time. A further study will also explore relationships between parental health status, markers of social capital and health and well-being of children in infanct and early childhood. 

This research project is also recorded under the theme: Family Structure, Family Well-being and Parenting.

 

Name: Udo Reulbach

Institution: Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Contact: udoreulbach@rcsi.ie/udo.reulbach@gmail.com

Completion: 2015 

 

Project: My focus in on child health, well-being and development. More specifically I am interested in: Evaluation of the relationship between antenatal care, perinatal and postnatal factors and their impact on children's health and development; identification and description of trajectories for children's health, developmental status and weight status at age three and exploration of parental and child-associated factors related to childcare. 

This research project is also recorded under the themes: Child Well-being; Pregnancy, Birth and Early Infancy and Health.

 

Name: Thorsten Schenider

Institution: Leipzig University

Contact: thorsten.schneider@uni-leipzig.de

Completion: Withheld 

 

Project: The project shall deal with the determinants and consequences of births resulting from unplanned pregnancies. First, I will specify, who is at risk of having an unplanned versus a planned pregnancy. Second, the consequences of an unplanned pregnancy for union stability and child's development shall be investigated. Research on divorce or union dissolution demonstrates, for example, that having children and especially the age of the youngest child is negatively correlated with the risk of breaking up. One line of argument is that partners being less satisfied with or obligated to their relationship are less prone to have children in the first place. In order to get new insight into this controversial topic of protection versus selection. I intend to investiagte the consequences of births resulting from unplanned pregnancies on the stability of unions. Further research shall focus on the emotional and cognitive development of children depending on the planning status of the pregnancy in the framework of Propensity Score Matching. 

This research project is also recorded under the theme: Pregnancy, Birth and Early Infancy and Family Structure, Family Well-being and Parenting

 

Name: Fiona Sinnott

Institution: University College Cork

Contact: 112301071@umail.ucc.ie

Completion: April 2016

 

Project: I am a final year Speech and Language Therapy student in UCC and for my final year project I aim to investigate whether different types of childcare (for example centre-basedor home-based) attended by children aged three may impact differently on the child's later communication skills at age five. Statistical analyses will be completed using the datasets. The end date will be the 25th of April 2016.

This research project is also recorded under the theme: Childcare. 

 

Name: Martine Smith

Institution: Trinity College Dublin

Contact: mmsmith@tcd.ie

Completion: September 2015

 

Project: The primary purpose of accessing the data is to explore language and communication development data in relation to other variables captured in the data and to support student research projects. Given the very limited data available on language and communication impairments within the Irish context, the data provides a unique opportunity to explore relationships across domains. 

 

Name: Withheld

Institution: Withheld

Contact: Withheld

Completion: September 2013

 

Project: I aim to use the data to explore the social issues/systems around child development. 

 

Name: Withheld

Institution: Withheld

Contact: Withheld

Completion:  August 2015 

 

Project: To investigate the effects of language-based on the cognitive development of infants. This study will statistically analyse data from language-based activity items such as reading, showing the infant pictures and talking to them and observe the direct effects on cognitive development (i.e. ASQ and British Ability Scales scores); while also controlling for several other factors including maternal education, gestational age, non-parental care, breastfeeding, attachment and presence of siblings. 

 

Name: Withheld

Institution: Withheld

Contact: Withheld

Completion:Withheld

 

Project: Longitudinal analysis of children's social and cognitive outcomes with respect to parenting and being born pre- or full term. 

This research project is also recorded under the theme: Pregnancy, Birth and Early Infancy.

 

 

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