Monday 14 October 2019

New study compares childhood in boom, bust

Nicola Anderson

Nicola Anderson

Q THE lives of children born in the boom will be compared with those born during the recession under plans to measure the effects of the economic downturn on the young.

James Williams of the ESRI (Economic and Social Research Institute) said he hopes the Government will continue to fund the ongoing 'Growing Up in Ireland' study, the most comprehensive report on children ever conducted in this country.

In particular, he hopes to secure funding in order to see how children are coping in difficult times and how their lives have been affected.

'Growing Up in Ireland' was the first intensive and long-ranging study of children, based on a sample of almost 20,000 nationwide, as well as their families, carers and teachers.

It covers all the main elements of a child's life, including education and health as well as physical, social and emotional development.

Children's Minister Frances Fitzgerald, recently extended funding to allow the study to continue for another five years. Mr Williams said he hopes it will be extended beyond that to survey children born amid take in the recession.

He said that he has always been "very struck" with the "1946 cohort" of children in Britain who are still being interviewed as children of the war.

The Growing Up in Ireland conference at the ESRI headquarters in Dublin was launched by Education Minister Ruairi Quinn.

Irish Independent

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