The latest news from Growing Up in Scotland (GUS), the longitudinal research study following the lives of thousands of children and their families from birth through to the teenage years.  
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GUS News May 2016
Funding for next phase of the study confirmed
The Scottish Government has commissioned ScotCen Social Research to carry out further rounds of face to face data collection with both groups of families taking part in GUS. Interviews with our 'Birth Cohort 1' families will begin in early 2017, when the young people are in their first year of secondary school. Thanks to those who attended our Questionnaire Development Workshop in April. The feedback from stakeholders provided will inform the topics included in the S1 Questionnaire.
Birth Cohort 1 - Primary 6
Our interviewers have now finished visiting families for the Primary 6 interviews. This round of data collection included a child questionnaire covering topics such as feelings about school, family and friendships. We have also been collecting data from teachers to find out how the children are doing at school. During Primary 7, families are taking part in telephone and online surveys. 60% of families have responded.

Now we are 5 - Birth Cohort 2
The age 5 interviews with our Birth Cohort 2 are now complete. This round of data collection included interviews with main carers, cognitive assessments for the children and child height and weight measurements.
New international collaboration
The GUS team are very excited to be involved in a collaborative project which brings together five important studies of child development from across the globe. The researchers will be working with colleagues from Growing Up in Ireland, Growing Up in New Zealand, The Pacific Islands Family Study and Te Hoe Nuku Roa (Maori Families Longitudinal Study, both also based in New Zealand). Scotland, Ireland and New Zealand share many similarities in terms of government, health and education systems, dual languages, and inequalities. The project will provide a detailed combined dataset which will allow comparison of children growing up in Scotland and Ireland with those on the other side of the world in Maori, Pasifika and NZ European families. The insights will be of huge interest to all those concerned with child development in the respective countries.
(Studying Physical Activity in Children's Environments Across Scotland) The SPACES project is being carried out by researchers at the University of Glasgow and has involved some children in our Birth Cohort 1 wearing activity monitors and GPS devices for 8 days to find out how active they are and crucially, where they are most active. The project aims to understand more about the physical activity levels of children in Scotland and about how local environments influence activity levels. This will help to suggest ways to increase activity to levels that will influence the health of our children. For more information please see the project website.
Access to GUS Data
The data from Birth Cohort 1 Sweeps 1-6 and Birth Cohort 2 Sweep 1 are available from the UK Data Archive. Materials to support the use of the data are available here. Mothers and children in Birth Cohort 1 and our Child Cohort have had their details linked to administrative health data held by NHS Information Services Division. This includes information about pregnancy and birth, pre-school child health surveillance, hospital admissions and dental health covering the period from birth to age 6. The dataset will be available to access soon via the NSS National Safe Haven. Any researcher wishing to use the data will require Safe Researcher accreditation. For more information on Safe Researcher training contact ADLS.
Impact of GUS research
Some recent reports draw on our research findings:
Equally protected: A review of the evidence on the physical punishment of children 
Pregnancy and Parenthood in Young People Strategy
Improving schools in Scotland: an OECD perspective
Upcoming Events

Dramatika Symposium
Lickety Split, 18 May, Glasgow

Annual Conference: Welfare Rights
CPAG, 9 June, Glasgow

Rebuilding Childhood: Improving our response to children at risk of abuse
NSPCC, 9-10 June, Edinburgh

Prioritising Play
Holyrood Events, 22 June, Edinburgh

Raising attainment through parental engagement
Children in Scotland, 9 September, Edinburgh


Hardworking grandparents may lead to childcare crisis
Paul Bradshaw blog, featured in The Scotsman

The Life Project: The National Survey of Heath and Development turns 70
Helen Pearson in The Guardian

Other reports

Fairness for children: A league table of inequality in child well-being in rich countries

Recent publications

New journal articles and reports using GUS data (all Open Access):

A 'pockets' approach to addressing financial vulnerability (CRFR Briefing 83)

Social assets, low income and child wellbeing (CRFR Briefing 82)

Financial, vulnerability, mothers' emotional distress and child wellbeing (CRFR Briefing 81)

Early Childhood Precursors and School age Correlates of Different Internalising Problem Trajectories Among Young Children (2016) Parkes, A; Sweeting, H & Wight, D in Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology

Parenting Stress and Parent Support Among Mothers With High and Low Education (2015) Parkes, A; Sweeting, H & Wight, D in Journal of Family Psychology

A reminder of our publication 'Tackling inequalities in the early years: Key messages from 10 years of the Growing Up in Scotland study'  You can also watch our animation summarising the 10 year findings.

Our A-Z topic list of reports.
Are you using GUS findings or data? Please let us know
It is important for us to demonstrate that people are using GUS findings to inform their work in making Scotland a better place to grow up. If you have used our research findings in any way - for example, in a funding application or in support of change to policy or practice, or if you have analysed the data, please let us know by e-mailing 
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Contact us:
Lesley Kelly, GUS Dissemination Officer, CRFR, University of Edinburgh,
Judith Mabelis, Senior Researcher, ScotCen Social Research,
Liz Levy, GUS Project Manager, Scottish Government,

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