Research Theme: Child Wellbeing

 

Name: Debbie Blair
Institution: University of Chicago/Oxford University
Contact: dblair@tcd.ie
Completion: July 2016

 

Project: I would like to use the GUI dataset to look at the impact of how a child spends their time on future life outcomes. I am a past psychology and economics graduate of TCD, who just completed her Mphil in Oxford University. There my thesis used the Young Lives Dataset to look at the impact of time use decisions on cognitive and non cognitive outcomes of children in Peru and Vietnam. I would like to use the Irish GUI dataset to develop a comparison case in the developed world to these two countries.

 


 

Name: Melissa Bonotto
Institution: NUI Galway
Contact: m.bonotto1@nuigalway.ie
Completion: September 2019

 

Project: My research aims to study how meaningful interactions with pre-school children receiving integrated family services, can improve children's outcomes. It views children from a holistic perspective based on the Ecological Model (Bronfenbrenner, 1979) and is guided by the National Policy Framework for Children and Young People (2014). My interest in the GUI data is to analyse pre-school children's interactions within the data provided by primary and secondary caregivers in the main and sensitive questionnaires. Funder: NUI Galway Hardiman Scholarship.

 


 

Name: Bernadine Brady
Institution: NUI Galway
Contact: bernadine. brady@nuigalway.ie
Completion: July 2014

 

Project: An analysis of the impact of social capital on outcomes for children.

 


 

Name: Delma Byrne
Institution: NUI Maynooth
Contact: delma.byrne@nuim.ie
Completion: December 2013

 

Project: The data will be used as part of a research project that has been commissioned by the Irish Research Council (IRC) and the Family Support Agency (IRC). The research seeks to address child-wellbeing in a context of changing economic conditions and the changing nature of employment in the family context, the division of market work and childcare between males and females, diversity in the childcare market, and the continuing importance of the extended family. The objective of this study is to arrive at an informed understanding of the relationship between child well-being and family strategies in relation to employment and childcare arrangements. 

 


 

Name: Delma Byrne
Institution: Maynooth University
Contact: delma.byrne@nuim.ie
Completion: Withheld

 

Project: This paper seeks to arrive at an informed understanding between child well-being and wider economic conditions. The research will be interested in how changes in family circumstances during a recession particularly in relation to household employment and income and after-school childcare arrangements impact on the well-ebing of children in Ireland. Drawing on the longitudinal infant cohorts of the GUI study, the research seeks to capture different dimensions of child-being, including socio-emotional outcomes, academic attainment, and physical health between age 9 and age 13. Usign regression models applied to the longitudinal data, the research will examine how changes in family circumstances over the course of the recession in Ireland impacts on the lives of children in Ireland. Moving beyond the identification of the characteristics of children and their families that fare best on these child well-being domains, the research seeks to examine the dynamics of inequality over the recessionary period 2007/08-2011/12.

 


 

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 Development.

 


 

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 Development

 


 

Name: Phillip Coey
Institution: Trinity College Dublin
Contact: coeyp@tcd.ie
Completion: Withheld

 

Project: The data will be used as part of my doctoral thesis in Clinical Psychology. It is also intended that the data will be used to develop a research article which will be put forward to publication in an academic journal. The data will be used to generate profiles of children who are potentially at risk of developing psychological difficulties such as anxiety and to use a machine-learning algorithm to develop predictive models using the data. In particular key relationship variables including both the quality of attachment and the quality of the parent-child relationship will be examined and how these variables are correlated with specific psychological traits of the child (e.g. temperament questionnaire; and the strengths and vulnerabilities questionnaire) and the parent (e.g. parental style; parental stress; and parental depression). Demographic details will also be used to help contextualise the data and factor in potentially extraneous variables. The nature of how the above-mentioned variables interact and develop over time will be used to develop a profile and predictive model of children who are potentially at risk of developing psychological difficulties. The profiles generated will be used to help recruit participants for a future research study. 

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

 


 

Name: Catherine Comiskey
Institution: Trinity College Dublin
Contact: ccomiske@tcd.ie
Completion: Withheld

 

Project: For the purposes of comparison with data from three ongoing projects: Health outcomes from children patricipating in a healthy schools project; parents of the children participating in a healthy schools project and health and wellbeing of substance misusers and their children.

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

 


 

Name: Rachel Conlon
Institution: Trinity College Dublin
Contact: conlonra@tcd.ie
Completion: Withheld

 

Project: I hope to use that data for my final year project of my undergraduate degree, which will examine whether levels of self-esteem or self-worth differ depending on whether girls attend single-sex or mixed schools and to investigate if there are other factors affecting this. 

 


 

Name: Fiona Cronin 
Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Contact: Withheld 
Completion: Withheld 

 

Project: Professional doctorate research on children in care in Ireland, examining the extent to which young people in the care system experience movement between their care placements. 

 


 

Name: Mira Dobutowitsch
Institution: Maynooth University
Contact: mira.dobutowitsch@nuim.ie
Completion: Withheld

 

Project: I am using the GUI data for my PhD looking at children's pastime activities and play. The time use data would allow me to enhance my secondary data analysis.

 


 

Name: Kristin Hadfield
Institution: University of Illinois
Contact: kristinh@uic.edu
Completion: July 2015

 

Project: I intend to use the GUI datasets to investigate two family structure phenomena. Firstly, how family instability (switching from a single parent family to a stepfamily, for instance) impacts child outcomes. There is considerable research on this subject in America, but this has been limited by a reliance on a very small number of datasets. Using the GUI data will allow for an investigation of different measures and more perspectives (parents, children, teachers) than has been previously been possible. I intend to use both the infant cohort and child cohort for this analysis. Secondly, I plan to investigate how identification as a step family or not is related to family processes. This will build off my research which used data from the 9 year olds (Hadfield and Nixon 2013) and found that a significant proportion of people who are technically in stepfamilies did not consider themselves to be in a stepfamily. I intend to use both the infant cohort and child cohort for this analysis. 

 


 

Name: Trutz Haase
Institution: Trutz Haase
Contact: mail@trutzhaase.eu
Completion: Withheld

 

Project: Analyses of child and family well-being. Trutz Haase, Kieran McKeown and Jonathan Pratschke have been the joint authors of a series of studies on the well-being of children, families and neighbourhoods in various locations throughout Ireland. The authors are currently undertaking detialed structural equation modelling on the joint dataset emanating from these studies to identify the determinants of child and family well-being. The GUI data will be used to develop Irish benchmarks for a number of multivariate measurements of child and family well-being that are used commonly across the two study sets. 

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

 


 

Name: Patricia Keilthy
Institution: University College Dublin
Contact: patricia.keilthy@ucd.ie
Completion: Withheld

 

Project: I will be using this data as part of my PhD exploring the predictor of child well-being in Ireland and Denmark. In particular I will be focusing on the relationship between maternal employment, childcare arrangements and child well-being from 9 months to 3 years old among Irish and Danish families.

 


 

Name: Patricia Keilthy
Institution: University College Dublin
Contact: triciakeilthy@gmail.com
Completion: Withheld

 

Project: The data will be used for a paper examining lone parent employment and child-well-being in Ireland and Denmark.

 


 

Name: Kieran Kennedy
Institution: NUI Galway
Contact: Withheld
Completion: Withheld

 

Project: I am keen to review any data that has been collected with respect to child abuse. Such data may be worthy of analysis and dissemination to healthcare workers who are at the coalface of dealing with such incidents in Ireland (i.e. GPs, PHNs, social workers, legal professions, etc.) with a view to informing clinical decision making and improving the experience of children in such circumstances. 

 


 

Name: Ekaterina Kozina
Institution: Trinity College Dublin
Contact: Withheld
Completion: Withheld

 

Project: Analysis of the well-being of children, and the factors affecting the well-being of children at school. Comparison of the results of the GUI analysis with the findings of my own PhD study on Irish primary schooling.

 


 

Name: Laura Mangan
Institution: Trinity College Dublin
Contact: Withheld
Completion: Withheld

 

Project: Sub-analyses of any data pertaining to children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASDs). The aim of the study is to investigate whether a relationship exists between the hapiness of children with ASDs and the number and quality of their friendships. 

 


 

Name: Carol McCarthy
Institution: University of Limerick
Contact: 10127046@studentmail.ul.ie
Completion: October 2015

 

Project: I intend to use the data as part of my master thesis for the University of Limerick MA in Psychology. The thesis aims to analyse the effects of physical activity on children's cognitive functioning and well-being. 

This research project is also recorded under the theme: Physical Activity.

 


 

Name: Lavinia McLean
Institution: Institute of Technology Blanchardstown
Contact: lavinia.mclean@itb.ie
Completion: Withheld

 

Project: In use of research on the extent of behavioural, emotional and social difficulties in children in care in Ireland. Exploring the transition of children between primary and secondary school and associated experiences during adolescences. Children and communication technology use. 

This research project is also recorded under the theme: Children's Media and Technology Use

 


 

Name: Jonathon McGavock
Institution: University of Manitoba
Contact: jmcgavock@mich.ca
Completion: June 2016

 

Project: The overarching question guiding this research study is: what factors influence a child's capacity to adapt to divorce before 13 years of age?. Specific research questions include: Do parenting styles modify the effect of divorce on child behaviour?; does household income and make up influence the effect of divorce on child behaviour? and does maternal hope buffer the effect of divorce on child behaviour?

 


 

Name: Robert Mooney
Institution: University College Dublin
Contact: robert.mooney@ucd.ie
Completion: October 2019

 

Project: The Applied Research Centre (ARC) are investigating conducting research into institutional abuse in Ireland, and possible extending this to a pan European study. We intend to use the GUI methods and data to guide our research design and as a base for comparative between GUI cohorts and our cohorts.

 


 

Name: Alanna O'Beirne and Brendan O'Keeffe
Institution: Mary Immaculate College
Contact: Withheld
Completion: Withheld

 

Project: GUI data will be used to complement a study exploring children's mobility in Ireland. The Child Mobility Project aims to examine the degree to which children travel about independently without adult supervision.

 


  

Name: Emeka Okakpu
Institution: Archways
Contact: eokakpu@archways.ie
Completion: June 2015

 

Project: This dataset is intended to be used to draw a comparison between different cohorts of the child-being survey and the GUI national representative sample. Child well-being survey is being carried out as part of the Area-Based Childhood Programme - government funded programme designed to address area based disadvantage and to promote children's health and well-being. Comparisons will be made with the data collected from the Blue Skies Programme in Clondalkin and GENESIS Programme in Louth. 

 


 

Name: Carmen Paredes
Institution: Trinity College Dublin
Contact: carmenjparedes@hotmail.com
Completion: August 2016

 

Project: Victimisation by Bullying and Health Care Utilisation in 13 year old children: A cross-sectional study. This research aims to conduct the follow up of the secondary analysis using the data from wave 2 of the child cohort of the longitudinal study GUI. The first phase study using data GUI 9 yr-old has determined the association between bullying victimisation and health care utilisation, where vistimisation is the most important factor underlying health care utilisation in children. A follow-up phase of the secondary analysis of longitudinal study GUI 13 yr-olds is required to gain greater insights which will help to understand the causes determining this association in a deeper manner.

This research project is also recorded under the theme: Health

 


 

Name: Jean Quigley
Institution: Trinity College Dublin
Contact: quigleyj@tcd.ie
Completion: March 2014

 

Project: The proposed research will examine child socio-emotional, cognitive and language outcomes and the prediction of these outcomes with regard to child, family, and environmental factors. Another area of research interest using this dataset is the health outcomes for children and their families and the mechanisms which underlie these outcomes. 

This research project is also recorded under the theme: Health

 


 

Name: Hugh Ramsey
Institution: University College Dublin
Contact: Withheld
Completion: Withheld

 

Project: Examination of the interaction of stressful and traumatic events with known risk factors for later mental illness, judging the effect of these events on markers of emotional and mental wellbeing. 

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

 


 

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 Development; Pregnancy, Birth and Early Infancy and Health.

 


 

Name: Cristina Taut
Institution: Trinity College Dublin
Contact: cristina.taut@gmail.com
Completion: Withheld

 

Project: The overall aim of this research study is to identify the multitude of factors that modulate Irish children's wellbeing, to develop a better understanding of the concept of wellbeing as it relates to Irish children and to compare these findings to international research. The study will use existing data from the GUI datasets and will define, construct and test a child wellbeing index for contemporary Ireland; determine the impact of the recent recession on the wellbeing of the infants and children growing up in Ireland and develop a dynamic wellbeing model by employing the data from both cohorts and identifying the relations between relevant factors influencing wellbeing and changing familial circumstances to help predict the outcomes for infants between cohorts and forecast selected health and developmental outcomes for infants between cohorts and forecast selected health and developmental outcomes for the next round of the extending to circa 8 years (infant cohort) and circa (18 years (for child cohort). 

 


 

Name: Dovile Vildaite
Institution: Trinity College Dublin
Contact: Withheld
Completion: Withheld

 

Project: For use in PhD thesis, A longitudinal study of bullying and peer victimisation in Irish schools. 

 


 

Name: Withheld
Institution: Withheld
Contact: Withheld
Completion: July 2016

 

Project: Looking at impact of ethnicity and social economic factors on the emotional well-being of children. 

 


 

Name: Withheld
Institution: Withheld
Contact: Withheld
Completion: September 2015

 

Project: I am interested in exploring conceptualisations and measurements of children's well-being. I will utilise the GUI Dataset to develop an index of child well-being for children living in Ireland that attempts to operationalise the structural model of child well-being. This model of well-being has recently been conceptualised by researchers in Finland. Furthermore, the study will attempt to assess the relative importance of the domains in an effort to reflect their varying significance to overall well-being. In this way the multi-dimensionality of the concept of well-being will be incorporated into the index and the broader structural and political factors that shape children's lives will be taken into account. Therefore, the study has two aims: firstly to build a composite index of well-being for Irish children which reflect the complexity of their lives. The second aim of the study is to attempt to construct a weighted index, where the relative contribution of different domains of child well-being can be determined and taken into account in calculating both the domain and overall scores. 

 


 

Name: Withheld
Institution: Withheld
Contact: Withheld
Completion: Withheld

 

Project: This data will be used to analyse the changing financial position of the families of the three year olds, from the time of the first wave of data collection to the time of the second wave.

 


 

Name: Withheld
Institution: Withheld
Contact: Withheld
Completion: Withheld

 

Project: The research project we are undertaking concerns the cost of childcare in Ireland. This research hopes to address the likely impacts of significant income declines on the affordability of childcare and how this may act as a disincentive to (re-)entering the labour market. We have identified a number of very useful variables in the GUI datasets that would not be available in other data sources. These include the type of childcare, the amount of childcare and the cost of this childcare. 

 


 

Name: Withheld
Institution: Withheld
Contact: Withheld
Completion: May 2015

 

Project: I am working on the research element of my Masters in Psychological Science in UCD. This research is interested in evaluating the effectiveness of the Friends for Life anxiety management programme for children. While I am collecting pre and post data for participants and a control group I feel looking at the national anxiety levels of children in this study could provide added rigor to my study. This study will be completed in May 2015.

 


 

Name: Withheld
Institution: Withheld
Contact: Withheld
Completion: Withheld

 

Project: I intend to use the data to try to establish what school factors correlate with a happy child according to the Piers-Harris scale. I hope to find what factors in general correlate  with a high happiness score and then isolate the factors outside the school setting (e.g. family strucuture, mother's education) to find out if there are any school only factors which correlate with a high happiness score for students. I will pursue this study for my final year project as part of my BA (Sociology and English Literature) degree programme. 

 


 

Name: Withheld
Institution: Withheld
Contact: Withheld
Completion: Withheld

 

Project: Dataset to be used for a research project in masters of public health. Research question: A child's well being: does ethnicity and social economic status really matter?

 


 

Name: Withheld
Institution: Withheld
Contact: Withheld
Completion: Withheld

 

Project: I would like to use GUI for my Masters thesis in Children and Youth Studies, UCD. There are two areas I would like to explore: family and well-ebing, and experience of bullying. 

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

 

 

 

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