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 and beyond.  
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GUS News March 2017

Launch of data collection with Birth Cohort 1 children in S1

Our interviewers are currently visiting participating families who have children in their first year of secondary school. Parents are being interviewed and children are completing questionnaires. Topics include health and wellbeing, relationships with parents and friends, use of technology and aspirations for the future. Thank you to all the parents and young people who have been taking part!

Birth Cohort 2 update

Our researchers at ScotCen are busy analysing data from the age 5 wave of data collection. This data is feeding into Scottish Government policy discussions about Early Learning and Childcare. There is an expectation that a further round of data collection will take place with Birth Cohort 2 families when the children are aged nearly 8 years. A decision will be taken soon.

Father-child relationships and children's wellbeing
A new report, commissioned by the Scottish Government in collaboration with Fathers Network Scotland as part of Year of the Dad 2016, was launched at an event on 16 March 2017. Policy makers, practitioners and academics came together to hear about the findings from the new report and to discuss how the findings can be used to influence policy and practice.

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Forthcoming reports

The following topic reports are due to be published by the Scottish Government this year:
  • Maternal employment trajectories and barriers to returning to work after having a child
  • Objectively measured Physical Activity Levels of Scottish Children: Analysis of a sub-sample of 10-11 year olds in the Growing Up in Scotland study
  • Changes in Early Learning and Childcare use and child outcomes at age 5
  • Overweight and obesity during the primary school years
  • Changes in cognitive ability during the primary school years
Please note that these are working titles for the reports.

SPACES (Studying Physical Activity in Children's Environments Across Scotland)

The SPACES study aims to understand more about the physical activity levels of Scottish children and about how local environments influence activity levels. The project involved some members of the Birth Cohort 1 group wearing an activity monitor and GPS device for 7 days back in 2015-2016.The study team have now completed their data collection and are in the final stages of producing a report on what they found.  The whole team at the University of Glasgow would like extend a huge thank you to the BC1 group members who participated.


New release of GUS Data
The data from Birth Cohort 1 Sweeps 1-7 is now available from the UK Data Service under Special Licence arrangements. Data from Birth Cohort 2 Sweep 1 is also available, with Sweep 2 to follow soon. 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 (for mothers), pre-school child health surveillance, hospital admissions and dental health covering the period from birth to age 10. 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:

Recent publications

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

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 applicaiton 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,
Line Knudsen, Senior Researcher, ScotCen Social Research,

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