Causes and consequences of outcomes for young children in Northern Ireland

About the project

This project examined the relationship between child poverty and various child outcomes in Northern Ireland and Britain. The child outcomes considered were: cognitive, educational, behavioural, general health and Body Mass Index (BMI). The first stage of this project provided an analysis of child outcomes at age five in the Millennium Cohort Study in terms of conditions and experiences which preceded them as recorded at earlier sweeps of the survey. In particular the analyses aimed to unpack the relationship between child poverty and child outcomes, examining how far the statistical link could be accounted for by background factors and modifiable behaviours. We also aimed to test whether the existence or strength of the relationships was different in Northern Ireland from the rest of the UK. The second stage of the project examined outcomes at age seven, and changes in outcomes between the ages of five and seven.

Principal Investigator:

Dr Alice Sullivan

Other researchers:

Outputs:

Sullivan, A., Cara, O., Joshi, H., Ketende, S. and Obolenskaya, P. (2010) The consequences of childhood disadvantage in Northern Ireland at age 5. Belfast: Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister.

Sullivan, A., Joshi, H., Ketende, S. and Obolenskaya, P. (2010) The consequences at age 7 of early childhood disadvantage in Northern Ireland and Great Britain. Belfast: Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister.