Growing Up in Ireland

Growing Up in Ireland is a Government-funded study of children being carried out jointly by the ESRI and Trinity College Dublin. It is managed by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs in association with the Central Statistics Office. The study started in 2006 and follows the progress of two groups of children: 8,000 9-year-olds (Child Cohort/Cohort ’98) and 10,000 9-month-olds (Infant Cohort/Cohort ’08). The members of the Child Cohort are now aged about 22 years and those of the Infant Cohort are around 12 years old.

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Latest GUI News:

  • Three new technical reports now available from the publications page: literature review for Cohort ’98 at 17/18 plus pilot & design reports for Cohort ’08 at 9 years
  • During COVID-19 restrictions, please contact the GUI team by email only via Growing.Up@esri.ie
  • Suggested citation guides for GUI reports now available on the publications page
  • AMF data on the Infant Cohort ’08 at 9 years are now open to applications from researchers via ISSDA

Where are we now:

  • The main phase of the Child Cohort ’98 at 20 years has been completed; key findings have been released and data are in preparation.
  • The Child Cohort ’98 at age 17/18 years has been completed and both the AMF and RMF files are now open to applications from researchers.
  • AMF data from the Infant Cohort ’08 at 9 years are now available.
  • Planning for a 13 year visit to Infant Cohort ’08  is underway.