Research Theme: Family Structure, Family Well-being and Parenting

 

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: Child Well-being and Health.

 


 

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 detailed 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: Child Well-being.

 


 

Name: Kristin Hadfield
Institution: Trinity College Dublin
Contact: Withheld
Completion: Withheld

 

Project: PhD research on parent-child interactions. GUI data will be analysed in order to give insight into the functioning of Irish stepfamilies, with a specific focus on the stepparent-stepchild relationship.

 


 

Name: Molly Mattsson
Institution: University College Cork
Contact: molly.mattsson1@gmail.com
Completion: October 2016

 

Project: To assess the association between family structure (parental marital status and presence of siblings) and childhood obesity and physical activity in children.

This research project is also recorded under the theme: Weight and Dietary Issues and Physical Activity.

 


 

Name: Anthony McCashin
Institution: Trinity College Dublin
Contact: Withheld 
Completion: Withheld

 

Project: For use in a study of the family and household structure of the infant population; the marital and household status of infants' parents, and family size and composition.

 


 

Name: Elizabeth Nixon
Institution: Trinity College Dublin
Contact: enixon@tcd.ie
Completion: Withheld

 

Project: Analysis of data pertaining to parent-child relationships and parenting, with a particular focus upon step-families. 

 


 

Name: Tara O'Leary
Institution: Trinity College Dublin
Contact: taoleary@tcd.ie
Completion: Withheld

Project: Data is being analysed for the purposes of a PhD thesis which is examining parenting and chronic illness. 

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

 


 

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: Child Development.

 


 

Name: Ela Polek
Institution: University College Dublin
Contact: ela.polek@ucd.ie
Completion: Withheld

 

Project: Project examining relational well-being in the families of nine month old children in Ireland, viewed in the context of a comprehensive analysis of factors relevant to family well-being. The study will focus on inter-related issues: The intactness of parental relationships since first formation; the links between the intactness and quality of the couple relationship and the individual well-being of parents and a comprehensive modelling of child well-being.

 


 

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 Child Development

 


 

Name: Tom Turner and Caroline Murphy
Institution: University of Limerick
Contact: tom.turner@ul.ie and caroline.murphy@ul.ie
Completion: Withheld

 

Project: Use of GUI dataset to examine the impact of working arrangements on family life in Ireland. The study will explore differences in wellbeing between families where both parents work fulltime, parents with precarious working arrangements, one parent working, and single parent families where the parent is working on a full time or part time basis. Finally, the impact of working arrangements and career type on family formation and fertility plans. 

 


 

Name: Barry Tyner
Institution: University College Cork
Contact: 112749825@umail.ucc.ie
Completion: July 2015

 

Project: Quality level of care and change in the level of care provided  by grandparents in Ireland.

 


 

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

 

Project: Research on non-resident parents in Ireland including extent of contact between parents and children.

 


 

Name: Withheld
Institution: Withheld
Contact: Withheld
Completion: September 2016

 

Project: Impact of socio demographic factors on initiation of drug and alcohol use at 13: Mediated by parent-child relationship. Predictors: primary caregiver's highest level of education, ethnicity of both parents, and gender of child. Mediator: Child-parent relationship as reported in the child-parent closeness scale. Outcome variables: use of tobacco, alcohol, cannabis, solvents and other drugs at 13. Goals: 1. To examine the effect of being of a minority ethnicity, socio-economic status and sex on initiation of drug and alcohol use at 13. 2). To examine the mediating effect of parental responsiveness and on any significant relationships between the above variables. 

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

 


 

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: Child Well-being

 

 

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