Patricia Casey: Why it's OK for kids to dream of fame
For four years, an innovative study has been running in Ireland. Called 'Growing Up in Ireland', it is tracking the lives of two groups of children.
The first were nine months old when it was initiated and the others nine years old, with more than 20,000 children having participated. Data collection is continuing until the groups reach the ages of three and 13 respectively.
Yesterday, some results from the study were released. These consisted of qualitative information obtained from in-depth interviews with children. This aspect of the study was headed by Professor Sheila Greene and colleagues from the Children's Research Centre of Trinity College Dublin. There was no number crunching, just information on the views and opinions of a subsample of 120 nine-year-olds.