Pathways from environmental risk to children’s psychological maladjustment and resilience

About the project

This project tests how neighbourhood, family poverty and other adverse circumstances are related to children’s wellbeing, as gauged through emotional and behavioural outcomes. In addition, it investigates how factors in the child, family, school and neighbourhood – such as children’s cognitions and aspirations, parental involvement, school experiences, and neighbourhood human capital – may promote resilience or, conversely, may strengthen the association between disadvantage and negative outcomes.

The project uses qualitative and quantitative data from the first four surveys of the Millennium Cohort Study, at ages 9 months, 3 years, 5 years and 7 years. The theoretical framework recognises that a child’s emotional and behavioural functioning is fed by the interaction of the characteristics of the child and of his/her environment in a dynamic process.

The project team also supervises a linked PhD thesis (using the same data) on a related area: the role of aspirations in predicting children’s wellbeing in general, and the role of child, family, school and neighbourhood factors in predicting children’s aspirations.

This project is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council from 2012-14.

Project team:

Eirini Flouri, Principal Investigator

Heather Joshi, Co-Investigator

Emily Midouhas, Co-Investigator

Alice Sullivan, Co-Investigator

Dick Wiggins, Co-Investigator