Research Theme: Disability and Special Needs

 

Name: Luke Barry

Institution:University College Galway

Contact: luke.barry@nuigalway.ie

Completion:July 2022

Funder: N/A

 

Project:  I am interested in looking at how obesity develops in children with learning difficulties.  I am considering using twin supplement as a possible way of doing this.  I will look at the data longitudinally and the time use data will be particularly important for confounders in relation to obesity.

This project is also recorded under Weight and Dietary Issues

 

 

Name:  Jennifer Pallin

Institution: University College Dublin

Contact:  Jennifer.pallin@ucdconnect.ie

Completion: July 2018

Funder: N/A

 

Project: In order to fulfil the thesis aspect of my Masters in Public Health from UCD, using data from the GUI Study (Child Cohort at aged 9 & 13 years I plan to investigate the following: For a child with ADD/ADHD what are their overall feelings towards school (positive or negative)  To investigate their activity levels and level of computer use and the effect these factors  may have on their behaviour in schools  Physical activity levels of parents and whether this contributes to physical activity of the child. Following review of the data and further review of the literature these questions may change slightly but I will be focusing on children with ADD/ADHD. On completion of my thesis I plan to prepare my findings for publication or presentation.

This project is also recorded under Physical Activity and Children’s Media and Technology Use

 

 

Name:Monika Pilch

Institution:University of Limerick

Contact: mnicapilch@gmail.com

Completion: 31/03/2022

Funder: N/A

 

Project: The present research aims to explore the observed patterns over time. Specifically, data from GUI Child Cohort (wave 1, at 9 years) will be compared to data at a follow up period (wave 2, at 13 years). Comparisons of health outcomes (depression, obesity, poor physical health) in parents caring for children with disabilities between different time points (wave 1 and wave 2) will be carried out. The role of child behaviour characteristics will be further explored. We are also interested in looking at well-being of children who have parents who have a disability and to see if they are different to children whose parents do not have a disability.

 

 

Name: Christine Linehan

Institution: University College Dublin

Contact: Christine.linehan@ucd.ie

Completion:July 2019

Funder: N/A

 

Project:. An opportunity exists, using the Growing Up in Ireland survey to explore quality outcomes (health, education, socio-economic status, etc) of older children with disabilities from ethnic minorities, when compared with matched children (on age, gender, household income) who are not from ethnic minorities. Attention will be paid to how long individuals have lived in their local community.

This project is also recorded under Children from Minorites

 

Name: Emma Butcher

Institution: University College London

Contact: emma.butcher.15@ucl.ac.uk

Completion:30/10/2019

Funder:ESRC funded studentship

 

Project: I am researching the incidence, risk factors and outcomes of permanent childhood hearing impairment (PCHI) in the UK and Ireland, and aim to harmonise data from multiple datasets to allow cross-cohort comparisons and investigation of secular trends in PCHI, as well as using meta-analysis techniques. Findings will be used to inform policies and research into detection and prevention of PCHI.

 

 

Name: Zeta Cunningham

Institution: Maynooth University

Contact: Delma.Byrne@nuim.ie

Completion:30/04/2016

Funder: N/A

 

Project: Disability and second level education in Ireland: comparing the experiences of students in mainstream and special education.

 

 

Name:Rachel Boland

Institution: University College Cork

Contact: 113312181@umail.ucc.ie

Completion:31/06/2017

Funder: N/A

 

Project:  I am currently a speech and language therapy student in UCC and intend to use this data for my final year project to investigate the prevalence of speech and language difficulties longitudinally in children at the ages of three and five. Speech and language difficulties in school-age children can have far reaching consequences impacting literacy and language development and can also be detrimental to psych-social development and academic achievement. This study would be important to provide an estimate of the number of younger children with such difficulties which may aid the government in identifying if there is a need for early intervention which in the long run is of the greatest impact and the most cost effective.

 

 

Name: Sophia Arabadjis
Institution: Trinity College Dublin
Contact: arabadjs@tcd.ie
Completion: July 2014

 

Project: As part of my masters in applied social research at Trinity College Dublin I am completing an internship at the National Disability Authority in Dublin. They have asked me to do research on disability and bullying amongst the 9 year old cohort of the GUI data in hope of contributing to a report of theirs. I will also use this topic for my MSc dissertation topic and to write a paper for the GUI conference. In particular the teacher's report on bullying and the child's report on bullying will be looked at in conjunction with disability. 

 

 

Name: Cliona Doherty
Institution: National Disability Authority
Contact: cadoherty@nda.ie
Completion: June 2015

 

Project: Drawing on data from the child cohort wave 1 and 2 of the GUI study this paper seeks to examine adjustment in the study of children who have a sibling with a disability (identified in wave 1). In particular using the questions that ask about a sibling with a disability and this has affected the study child. This paper will explore adjustment over time and control for factors that have limited the value of other investigations of siblings. Specifically, the paper will examine variables such as what the study child thinks about school, their diet, activities they report doing with their parents, their favourite hobby or activity, things they can do themselves and household chores. It will control for socio-economic status, income/poverty status, parent stress, parent style, family time and routines, family communication, and the age of the disabled child relative to the study child to explore sibling adjustment difficulties. 

 

 

Name: Cliona Doherty
Institution: National Disability Authority
Contact: cadoherty@nda.ie
Completion: January 2014

 

Project: I will be looking at children and how they are faring in relation to disability. 

 

 

Name: Aoife Gallagher
Institution: University of Limerick
Contact: aoife.gallagher@ul.ie
Completion: September 2016

 

I aim to compare outcomes between typically developing 13 year olds and 13 year olds who are identified in GUI as having a disability on the Piers-Harris Self-Concept Scale.

 

 

Name: Mary-Ann O'Donovan
Institution: Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Contact: maryannodonovan@rcsi.ie
Completion: Withheld

 

Project: PhD work exploring the experience of transitioning across the life course and access to health services at these transition points for people with disabilities in Ireland. GUI data will form part of the initial examination of current data sources in relation to access/utilisation of services and how/if changes occur at various points across the life course. 

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

 

 

Name: Cathal O'Toole
Institution: National Disability Authority
Contact: cx.otoole@nda.ie
Completion: July 2015

 

Project: Previous work on medical cards has shown that medical card holders are much more likely to access GP services than non-medical card holders, even accounting for a range of socio-economic variables and ill-health. This work, however, was primarily based on date from the Living in Ireland Survey, and hence it could not fully explore the role that disability (separate to ill health) plays in both holding a medical card and accessing GP services. This paper seeks to fill that gap. Using data from two waves of the GUI survey, it aims to examine the part that disability status plays in having a medical card and availing of GP services. Disability of any family member will be considered, which will allow for an exploration of the implications for families and the State of granting people with specific disabilities an automatic entitlement to a medical card.

 

Tools