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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Language development and enjoyment of reading: Impacts of early parent-child activities in two Growing Up in Scotland cohorts
This report compares language development at age 3 for the two groups of children taking part in GUS (born 2004/05 and 2010/11).

Key Findings
  • Vocabulary ability amongst children aged 3 improved slightly between 2007/08 and 2013.
  • The difference in vocabulary ability between the most and least advantaged children reduced slightly over the same period.
  • In both groups, children living in more advantaged circumstances were more likely to take part in frequent home learning activities like reading and singing than children living in less advantaged circumstances.
  • In both groups, frequent home learning activities are associated with better vocabulary ability at age 3.
  • Parents living in more advantaged circumstances were more likely to report having received and used the Bookbug packs and were more likely to have accessed the PlayTalkRead website.
  • At age 8, most children (66%) like reading ‘a lot’ while one quarter (24%) like reading ‘a bit’.
  • Girls are more likely to say that they like reading than boys (74% of girls like reading ‘a lot’ compared with 58% of boys)
  • Children of all social backgrounds were similarly likely to enjoy reading.
  • After controlling for other factors, neither being read to frequently at age 2 or age 5 was associated with liking reading ‘a lot’ at age 8.

Read the Press Release here

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Scottish Crime and Justice Survey Report 2014/15: Partner Abuse
New findings from GUS are presented in this report. GUS data suggests that 14% of 6 year olds are living with a main carer who has experienced some form of partner abuse. Experiencing partner abuse is associated with socio-economic disadvantage. Younger mothers, aged under 20 at the time of their child's birth experience a particularly high risk of partner abuse.

Link to full report 

Upcoming Events

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

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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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