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

 

Name:Delma Byrne

Institution: Maynooth University

Contact:Delma.Byrne@nuim.ie

Completion: 31/12/2020

Funder: N/A

 

Project: The data will be used to address the following research questions: 1. who are the young women who embark on having children at an early age? 2. What are the short-term outcomes of young people who became parents in 2008/09? 3. How has this generation of young parents been influenced by the Great recession? While the main categories of data collected in the GUI emphasise the major developmental tasks of infancy and early childhood, the data can also be used to capture young parenthood and the transition through young adulthood, including influences on education, labour market transitions, family transitions, housing, health and well-being. In doing so, the data capture the lives of young people who became parents during the Great recession (young people who had a child between the ages of 17-21 in 2007/2008 derived from infant cohort).

 

Name: Chiara Varchetta

Institution:University College Dublin

Contact:chiara.varchetta@ucdconnect.ie

Completion:October 2017

Funder:N/A

 

Project: The intended use of the requested dataset is a statistical analysis on the possible pathways of influence between the perceived parenting style of caregivers and the child's development of self-concept and of self in relation to others. The following research questions are proposed.  1) To which extent perceived parenting styles predict the child's positive or negative development of self-concept? 2) Are responsiveness and demandingness as dimensions of parenting style related differently to the different domains of self-concept?  3) Are self-concept social domains more affected by the perceived parenting styles?

 

Name:Naomi Forrest

Institution:University College Dublin

Contact:naomi.forrest@ucd.connect.ie

Completion: October 2019

Funder:N/A

 

Project: The research project will examine associations between parents characteristics, sedentary behaviour, child well-being and socio economic status.

This project is also recorded under Physical Activity and Child Well-being

 

Name: Kevin O’Malley

Institution:Department of Psychology, University of Limerick

Contact: Kevinomalley@ul.ie

Completion: November 2021

Funder: N/A

 

Project: I wish to take advantage of the GUI data to statistically model the relationship between the children’s stated career/educational aspirations and features that have been associated with resilience such as quality of child/carer relationship, strengths and difficulties, and freedom from anxiety.

This project is also recorded under the themes Education and Child Well-being

 

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Project (2017): This researcher intends to write a dissertation which will examine the impact of different parenting style dimensions on children engagement in anti-social behaviour. The researcher intends to determine parenting styles based on Baumrind's highly influential categorisation of parenting styles. An investigation will be conducted using the data derived from questionnaires answered by parents and those answered by children. This data will be analysed using the SPSS statistical analysis program to present descriptive statistics and to test a variety of hypothesis in order to determine the relationship between parenting styles and children's

 

 

Project (2017): The purpose of my research is to examine the relationship between reading and cognitive development in Irish children. Using the GUI study, offers a unique opportunity to examine it in an Irish context. Factors that impact on and are associated with reading activity will be explored in the PhD research including the differing roles of mothers and fathers in reading with their children, the economic background and the home literacy environment which the GUI study has gathered data on from the perspective of Irish families. It is important to establish a clear picture of reading behaviours in Irish families and consider other factors from the perspective of Irish families.

 

 

Project (2017): As my final year research project in my undergraduate degree in economics in UCD, I would like to analyse 'the impact of family income and health status on educational attainment for children in Ireland'. The aim is to understand the relationship of these factors and to what extent they impact on the education of children.

 

Project (2017): The present studies aim to examine the correlation between child's self-concept and three variables of parent -child relationship, thus are 1) parent showing child love and affection; 2) Parent taking time to play with child 3) Parent giving child moral and ethical guidance. From there, the present study is going to explore that relationship in adjustment to the child's bullying behaviour. From practical point of view, this study is important because it identifies which variables of parent-child relationship that are embodied to child's self-concept and how it adjusts to child's bullying behaviour.

 

Project(2017): The aim of this research is to explore how the home learning environment and parental factors influence cognitive and socio-emotional development and school readiness in young children.

This project is also recorded under the theme education

 

Name:  Holly Kinsella

Institution: Department of Sociology, Maynooth University

Contact: Delma.Byrne@nuim.ie (Dissertation Supervisor)

Completion: 30/04/2016

Funder: N/A

 

Project: A study of the influence that parental involvement has on children’s academic performance and achievement.

 

Description of project only

 

Project (2016): I intend to look at children's health and their use of services, mainly in hospital (acute services) and community settings at nine months, 3 years and 5 years. Key areas to be taken into account will be based around the Bronfenbrenner model of children's lives and include characteristics of the infant/child as well as characteristics of the family (social class, parenting style, supports form others) and the communities they live in, particularly county level services.

 

Name: Sean McCarthy

Institution: Maynooth University

Contact:  seanmccarthy1986@gmail.com

Completion: April 2016

Funder:  N/A

Project: A quality of life comparison between lone parent and two parent families living in Ireland.

 

 

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Project (2016): My PhD thesis is based on Polish parenting in Ireland. In particular, I'm looking at parenting styles and relationship to the 5 national outcomes for children and young people.

 

Name: Ciara Holohan

Institution: Maynooth University

Contact: Delma.Byrne@nuim.ie (dissertation supervisor)

Completion: 30/04/2016

Funder: N/A

Project: A study to explore parental attitudes, actions and relationships with their children and the influence it has on the child’s behaviour.

 

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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