GUI Annual Conference 2019

Growing Up in Ireland – the National Longitudinal Study of Children, held its eleventh annual research conference on Thursday 21st November 2019 in the Gibson Hotel in Dublin’s docklands area.

Click here to view the 2019 Conference Programme.

Click here to view the 2019 Book of Abstracts.

The conference focusd on research based on Growing Up in Ireland (GUI) data from national and international researchers.  Minister Katherine Zappone T.D. launched the latest findings from the Study (Cohort ’98 at age 20).

The keynote address was given by Professor Ross Macmillan, Chair in Sociology at the University of Limerick on the topic of “Culture and the socio-economic status of families: Irish exceptionalism?”.

Professor Ross Macmillan is a sociologist and demographer who has authored almost fifty articles, chapters, books, and reviews and is among the most cited sociologists of his generation. His research has focused on crime and victimization, child development and the life course, family relationships, and social epidemiology.  His current research focuses on the empowerment/ marginality of historically disadvantaged groups and impacts upon population health.

Conference Presentations

Where speakers have agreed, their slides are available below.  The launch presentation is currently available and others will be added in the coming week.  For queries on the content of presentations, please contact the speakers directly.

Dorothy Watson – Launch of 20 Year Key Findings

Keynote Address:  

Culture and the socioeconomic status of families:  Irish exceptionalism as a route to theoretical development  – Professor Ross Macmillan (University of Limerick)

Session A: Health and context

Clusters of health behaviours among young adults in Ireland: Individual, family and school effects – Anne Nolan

Session B: Academic attainment

Externalising behaviour, internalising problems and academic attainment: Developmental cascades in the Growing Up in Ireland (GUI) study – Elizabeth de Forge

How does bullying impact the mathematical achievement of 9-year-olds? – Daráine Murphy

Session C: Family context

Parental employment, work-family conflict and outcomes for young children in Ireland – Helen Russell

Family stability: The effects of the economic crisis on families – Carmel Hannan

Session D: Time-use diary

Introduction to using the Growing Up in Ireland time-use diary data – Amanda Quail

A ‘woman’s’ work is never done! (by a man): Gender inequalities in children’s housework time in the Irish context – Caoimhe O’Reilly

Concurrent association of physical activity and sedentary behaviour on obesity risk among Growing Up in Ireland’s cohort ’98 at 17/18 years: A Latent Class Analysis – Eoin McNamara

Session E: Psychological well-being

Moving to, and Growing Up in, Ireland: Immigrant children’s experience of early life stress, supportive relationships, and longterm psychological wellbeing – Deirdre Donohue

Mental health trajectories of children across the birthweight spectrum – Niamh Dooley

Bullying and psychotic experiences: Analysis of type, timing and gender in a representative Irish cohort study – Niamh Dhondt

Session F: Education

School social mix and junior cycle performance: Are there cumulative effects? – Emer Smyth

Good schools or good students? The importance of selectivity for school rankings  – Olive Sweetman

Exploring the mechanism underlying the effect of family income on students’ educational expectations – Olga Poluektova

Session G Youth well-being

The impact of disability on children’s socio-emotional outcomes: Results from the Growing Up in Ireland Study – Ann Swift

Positive youth development and victimization as a developmental system: A longitudinal Irish national cohort study – Giulio D’Urso

Youth support seeking from adults: the influence of additional non-parental support – Barbara Mirković

Young people’s wellbeing in relation to sexual orientation: A cross-sectional analysis of Growing Up in Ireland – Nerilee Ceatha

Session H: Impact of screen-time

Trajectories of technology usage in younger children – Desmond O’Mahony

The impact of screen use on the socio-emotional development of Irish 5-year-olds – Chloé Beatty

Self-reported online screen time and self-reported sleep outcomes in 17 to 18 year old adolescents living in Ireland -Caroline Walsh

Anti-social behaviour among Irish youth: Is early or late adolescence more ‘risky’? – Aisling Murray

Session I: Child development and play

Neighbourhood safety and outdoor play in early childhood: evidence from the Growing Up in Ireland study – Suzanne Egan

The effect of the home learning environment (HLE) on socioemotional development in early childhood – Clara Hoyne

Identifying children at risk of late emerging language difficulties during the preschool years – Ciara O’Toole

Measuring childhood developmental outcomes in an Irish context: Building an index of standardised measures – Ruth Geraghty