GUI Annual Conference 2021

Growing Up in Ireland 13th Annual Research Conference 2021

Growing Up in Ireland held its thirteenth annual research conference on Thursday, November 25th, 2021. The conference focused on research based on Growing Up in Ireland (GUI) data. The conference was held as a virtual web event.

The conference programme is available here.

The book of abstracts is available here.

The conference was opened by Laura McGarrigle, Assistant Secretary at the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration & Youth (DCEDIY) .

View a video of Laura’s opening remarks and update on the next phase of GUI here.

In his address, Minister Roderic O’Gorman announced the winner of the DCEDIY’s award for best presentation with a policy focus as Stefanie Sprong (TCD), and the joint winners of the inaugural award for presentation by an Early Career Researcher as Sarah Coughlan (TCD) and Niamh Dooley (RCSI).

View the Minister’s address to the conference here.

Keynote: This year the keynote address was delivered by Professor Nic Timpson from the University of Bristol. Professor Timpson is the Principal Investigator of the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC – Children of the 90s). His talk was on “The Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children: A longitudinal and multi-generation platform for collaborative research”. A copy of Professor Timpson’s slides can be downloaded here.


Where speakers have agreed, their slides are available below. For queries on the content of presentations, please contact the speakers directly.

Keynote Address

The Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children: A longitudinal and multi-generation platform for collaborative research – Professor Nic Timpson, University of Bristol

Session A – Work

Work values of 17/18-year-olds in GUI – Bharvi Dhall (MU)

The development of gendered occupational aspirations in the Republic of Ireland – Delma Byrne (MU)

Session B – Infancy

The influence of preterm birth on language outcomes: the role of non-linguistic abilities, parental mental wellbeing, and parent-child relationships – Sarah Coughlan (TCD)

Longitudinal effects of birthweight on mental health of Irish children – Niamh Dooley (RCSI & TCIN)

Session C – Technology

Digital coming of age: Longitudinal modelling of the relationship between technology usage and academic performance from 9 to 18 years – Desmond O’Mahony (ESRI)

Parental influences on excessive internet use among Irish adolescents – Conor O’Reilly (ESRI, UC)

Digital engagement and its association with adverse psychiatric symptoms: A longitudinal cohort study utilizing Latent Class Analysis – Ross Brannigan (TCD)

Session D – Migrants

Second generation migrants in Ireland: Language and reading development – Helen Russell (ESRI)

Session E –Health/Activities

Prevalence of online gambling among 20-year-olds in Ireland – Brendan Duggan (ESRI)

Explaining the social gradient in physical activity for Irish children and adolescents – Olivia McEvoy (TCD)

Decomposing maternal education differentials in BMI trajectories between ages 9 and 17/8: Findings from Growing Up in Ireland – Frances Cronin (RCSI)

Session F – Education

An exploration of the mathematics outcomes of 9- year-old children in multigrade classrooms in small schools – Breed Murphy (MIE)

Educational inequality: does is span three generations? – Emer Smyth (ESRI)

Session G – Impact of SES

Parental mediators of socioeconomic achievement gap in early childhood: Simultaneous investigation of investment and stress models in Ireland – Bercem Demirel (TCD)

Poverty dynamics and child well-being: Evidence from the “Growing Up in Ireland” study – Mengxuan Li (TCD)

Session H – COVID-19

Tracking physical activity from adolescence to early adulthood: Decline and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic – Eoin McNamara (ESRI)

Impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on those with disabilities: Findings from Growing Up in Ireland –  Adam Nolan (ESRI)

Adaptations to a cohort study in response to the COVID-19 pandemic: Insights from Growing Up in Ireland – Eoin McNamara (ESRI)

Session I – Socioemotional well-being

Contextual family factors in the longitudinal relationship between paternal depression and child internalising – Stephen O’Rourke (TCD)

What is important for getting on in life – money, looks, who you know or your own effort? The beliefs of 20-year-olds – Aisling Murray (ESRI)